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

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.

The school’s aim is to endow the next generation of scientists with the knowledge and skills to study complex biological processes, which cannot be adequately understood within the limits of single disciplines, in the context of entire organisms.

IMPRS students tackle research projects bridging the gap from molecules to living organisms. Transcending the boundaries of traditional life science disciplines, methodologies and scientific approaches from different fields are combined to address topics inaccessible by isolated research areas.

International Max Planck Research School IMPRS “From Molecules to Organisms"
Twenty-five eminent group leaders provide project supervision, plus expertise and infrastructure across the following traditionally separate fields:

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry & structural biology
  • Bioinformatics & computational biology
  • Molecular & cellular biology

  • Developmental biology & genetics
  • Genomics & proteomics
  • Microbiology and microbiome science
  • Evolutionary biology & ecology

We offer:

  • Cutting-edge research projects and excellent facilities
  • Fully funded PhD positions
  • Structured support through a personal thesis advisory committee
  • Many optional courses to increase your scientific knowledge and soft skills
  • Multicultural environment with English as the working language
  • Opportunities to explore various career paths

Our program is based in Tuebingen, a hotspot for science and research in a quaint town in Germany. Tuebingen is home to one of Germany’s most prestigious universities. 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.

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

APPLY NOW! To join our programme in September 2021

Use our online application portal at

Deadline for application 08 February 2021; Interviews will be online from 14-23 April 2021.

Our requirements:

  • An excellent University degree (obtained or pending) at Masters level in the life sciences 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
  • Applicants with degrees obtained outside the European Higher Education Area need to supply scores from the GRE General Test

Who can apply?

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

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

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