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Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Germany

We have 11 Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Germany

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We have 11 Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Germany

A PhD in Biochemistry would provide you with the time and resources to undertake an in-depth research project into one area of biochemistry. These projects are almost always laboratory-based and can range from investigating the structure and role of a protein or receptor to developing and optimising current detection methods.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Biochemistry?

Doing a PhD in Biochemistry, you’ll develop wide-spread laboratory skills including protein purification, western blotting, chromatography, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The use of cutting-edge equipment such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is common in Biochemistry and consequently you’ll become proficient with these fine instruments.

Some typical research topics in Biochemistry include:

  • Engineering enzymes for industry
  • Characterising the structure and function of proteins
  • Developing novel therapeutics
  • Understanding the role of redox in a system or disease
  • Investigation of a specific receptor
  • Developing and optimising methods (such as NMR)

Day-to-day you’ll be in the laboratory performing experiments, writing up and analysing data from previous experiments and discussing your results and research plans with colleagues.

Biochemistry programmes are almost always advertised research projects, with the key aim pre-determined by the supervisor. Although the aim is set, you are still free to influence the direction of the project along the way. These advertised programmes usually come with full funding attached.

It is uncommon to propose your own research in Biochemistry as you must find a supervisor with research goals that overlap with your project, who also has adequate equipment for your experimental work, and you must find sufficient funding for bench and PhD fees.

Regardless of being funded or not, your PhD will end with a thesis of around 60,000 words, which contributes significantly to the knowledge of the field. To be awarded your PhD, you’ll then need to defend your thesis during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Biochemistry PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biochemistry such as Biology or Chemistry, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Biochemistry funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Biochemistry PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Biochemistry PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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PhD Position (m/f/d) | Alkaloid Biosynthesis, Evolution and Engineering in Medicinal Plants

The department of Natural Product Biosynthesis (Prof. Dr. Sarah E. O’Connor) at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena invites highly motivated candidates to apply for a 3-year PhD position to study alkaloid biosynthesis, evolution and engineering in medicinal plants. . Read more

Funded opportunities at the Max Planck School Matter to Life

“What, exactly, is life?", and "Can life-like processes, functions and objects be quantitatively simulated, predicted and created in the laboratory?" – join the Max Planck School Matter to Life to explore these questions!. Read more

PhD Positions in Life Science and Biomedicine Research Groups supported by a structured PhD program

The Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) offers PhD positions… Read more

Fully-funded PhD positions in several natural sciences & engineering disciplines

Join an internationally renowned scientific community with the Hector FellowPhD program. PhD students benefit not only from the experience of the program, but also from the network of Hector Fellows. Read more

20 Funded PhD Positions in the IMPRS-CellDevoSys - Integrating Biology, Physics, Chemistry & Computer Science

 . A CHALLENGING PHD PROGRAM FOR FUTURE SCIENTISTS. A 4-year PhD Program involving 3 renowned international institutes. the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Center for Systems Biology Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. Read more

20 Funded PhD Positions in the IMPRS-CellDevoSys - Integrating Biology, Physics, Chemistry & Computer Science

 . A CHALLENGING PHD PROGRAM FOR FUTURE SCIENTISTS. A 4-year PhD Program involving 3 renowned international institutes. the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Center for Systems Biology Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. Read more

Doctoral Researcher at the HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials

The Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O) is a Research Cluster jointly carried by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University. Read more

Doctoral Researcher at the HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials

The Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O) is a Research Cluster jointly carried by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University. Read more

International Max Planck Research School "From Molecules to Organisms"

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “From Molecules to Organisms” provides excellent interdisciplinary training across the disciplines of structural, molecular, cellular and developmental biology as well as bioinformatics, genomics and evolutionary biology. Read more

International Max Planck Research School "From Molecules to Organisms"

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “From Molecules to Organisms” provides excellent interdisciplinary training across the disciplines of structural, molecular, cellular and developmental biology as well as bioinformatics, genomics and evolutionary biology. Read more
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