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International Max Planck Research School IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms”

International Max Planck Research School IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms”

Our PhD program in the life sciences places special emphasis on interdisciplinary interactions. We want to train the next generation of scientists to study complex biological processes that cannot be adequately understood within the limits of a single discipline. By combining methods and approaches from different scientific fields, our students aim to address topics inaccessible to isolated research areas.

Around 50 young scientists are currently working towards their PhD in our program; just over a third come from Germany, the rest from around the world. Twenty-five eminent group leaders provide project supervision, plus expertise and infrastructure across the following traditionally separate fields:


Biochemistry & structural biology

Bioinformatics & computational biology

Molecular & cellular biology

Developmental biology & genetics

Genomics & proteomics

Microbiology and microbiome science

Evolutionary biology & ecology

International Max Planck Research School IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms”

We offer:

  • Cutting-edge research projects and excellent facilities
  • Full funding through doctoral fellowships
  • Structured support through a personal thesis advisory committee
  • Supporting curriculum with many optional courses
  • International environment with English as the working language
  • Personal assistance with relocation

Our program is based in Tuebingen, a hotspot for science and research in southwest Germany. Tuebingen is home to one of Germany’s oldest universities and numerous top-level research institutes. Compact and friendly, with a beautiful medieval town centre, modern Tuebingen has a lively, international feel, with cultural and entertainment opportunities to rival larger cities. For international travel, Stuttgart International Airport is reached in 20 minutes.

How to apply

The application phase to join in 2019 has closed. To join in autumn 2020, our online application via opens January 1, 2020.

Our requirements:

  • An excellent University degree (obtained or pending) at Masters level in biochemistry or a related discipline
  • Skills and knowledge matching your proposed area of doctoral research
  • High motivation and a passion for research
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • GRE General Test scores are required from applicants with degrees obtained outside the European Higher Education Area

Who can apply? Anyone - female or male, any nationality or background - who meets our academic requirements is encouraged to apply.

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