The European Molecular Biology Laboratory [EMBL] is an international research organisation with its main laboratory in Heidelberg [Germany], and four outstations in Hinxton, [UK] [the European Bioinformatics Institute, EBI], Grenoble [France], Hamburg [Germany], and Monterotondo [Italy].
Our research projects are interdisciplinary and offer exciting opportunities for biologists,
chemists, physicists, mathematicians, informaticians, engineers and medical graduates who want to pursue a PhD in the molecular life sciences. Do you want to work in an international environment and in small groups with close contact to mentors? Collaboration and collegiality are hallmarks of the successful and fun EMBL culture. Whether you are looking for a friendly lab with open doors or a powerful scientific network, EMBL offers both.
In addition to hosting open and interactive research groups and providing state-of-the-art equipment, EMBL is a hub for the best scientists in the world. Its seminar programme is matched by few. We are committed to providing a fine balance between carefully mentoring students and fostering early independence. Our students are not only activeresearchers, but they also take part in many other initiatives: they organise the acclaimed EMBL PhD Student Symposia independently, participate in Science and Society debates and meetings, and relax with the many musical, sports and social activities available at EMBL.
The EMBL International PhD Programme is also unique in the way its students obtain their PhD degree. We have established partnerships with some of the best universities across Europe to award joint PhD degrees with EMBL. Following completion of their PhD thesis, students have the opportunity to obtain joint PhD degrees between EMBL and one of its partner universities or alternatively, students can opt to defend their thesis at a recognised university of their choice.
PhD work at EMBL is challenging, intense and intellectually demanding. We welcome applications from highly qualified students of all nationalities in the biological sciences, physics, chemistry, medicine, informatics, mathematics or engineering. Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrolment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was initially obtained. All applications are evaluated solely on the basis of qualification and scientific potential.
Funding is available for up to 50 students with a competitive tax-free stipend.