PhD Position for International Students at IMPRS for Organismal Biology in Germany, 2014

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The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology is inviting applications for Germany PhD position. Applicants from all countries who have graduated from a min. 4-year study program with a comprehensive scientific thesis work in Biology or a related field (this might be a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree) are eligible for this position. The position is funded for three years. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the IMPRS. All students accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts. Online application must be submitted by January 15, 2014.

Study Subject (s): This position is available for following projects: Evolutionary Endocrinology of Birds, female promiscuity evolve via indirect selection on male sex-drive, Genomic adaptations under recent habitat changes, Development of neurons relevant for feedback-dependent plasticity during bird song learning, Behavioral variability as anti-predator adaptation, Social Evolution, Ecological and genomic control of migration, Colonizations and demographic history of cichlid fishes in crater lakes in Nicaragua, Genomic basis of alternative life-history evolution in swordtail fishes, Genomic basis of mate choice in the polychromatic Midas cichlid fish and Effects of climate warming on invasion potential of ornamental alien plant species.
Course Level: This position is open for pursuing PhD program at IMPRS for Organismal Biology in Germany.
Scholarship Provider: IMPRS for Organismal Biology
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Eligibility: Applications from all countries are welcomed.
-Applicants must have graduated from a min. 4-year study program with a comprehensive scientific thesis work in Biology or a related field (this might be a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree).
-It is not necessary to hold the degree at the time of application.
-However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program.
-The quality of the degrees (i.e. eligibility) will be checked by University of Konstanz on a case-by-case basis.
-Candidates need to be fluent in written and spoken English and – unless native speakers – have to document their proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL).
-German is not required, but students from abroad will be offered opportunities to take German courses.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applicants from all countries are eligible for this PhD position.

Scholarship Description: The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in See­wiesen and Radolfzell and the University of Konstanz. More than 25 internationally recognized research groups actively participate in the PhD program and offer challenging, cutting-edge PhD projects in the fields of Beha­vioral Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, and Neuro­biology. All students accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts. The program offers a dedicated teaching program, high quality research experience, and outstanding research facilities in an inspiring research and living environment. The working language is English. Each PhD student receives individual supervision and mentoring and is guided in her/his research work by a PhD advisory committee.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The PhD work should be completed within three years.

What does it cover? Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the IMPRS. All students accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts.

Selection Criteria: Based on their academic qualification, motivation, suitability for the program, and letters of recommendation, shortlisted applicants are invited to the Selection Symposium. During the Selection Symposium, the candidates are expected to present their most relevant research project and will meet the IMPRS faculty and students to discuss previous training and research experience, to evaluate future plans, and to learn more about the IMPRS program and ongoing research in the working groups. After the Selection Symposium, the IMPRS Board will select the candidates based on the suggestions of all IMPRS members.

Notification: Shortlisted applicants will be invited to our Selection Symposium in March. Successful applicants start their PhD projects latest in September. Interviews with the applicants are scheduled for Mid-March.

How to Apply: You can only apply via three-tier electronical application process. Please do not send any other type of application by regular mail or email as they will be rejected. The application must be completed in English only. The online application produces your CV; therefore we do not require a separate CV from you. Besides the online application form, we need several documents from you. Documents that are not in English or German need to be translated. You need to upload all the required documents as one single pdf-file. Please give yourself enough time to submit your application and do not wait until the last moment as technical difficulties or other problems might occur. The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are equal opportunity employers.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Application deadline for this position is January 15, 2014.

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