Get free PhD updates, every week | SIGN UP NOW Get free PhD updates, every week | SIGN UP NOW

PhD Student Positions at International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Life Sciences, Munich

The International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Life Sciences: From Biological Structures to Neural Circuits (IMPRS-LS) currently has an open call for fully-funded PhD student positions. We are looking for outstanding graduates from all over the world to join our network of passionate young scientists in one of Europe's most attractive cities.

We offer you:
  • Excellent career opportunities in a vibrant international research community.
  • An English-speaking structured PhD program organized by Munich-based Max Planck Institutes and Universities.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research projects.
  • Individual supervision and mentoring from research scientists who are leaders in their respective fields.
  • Full funding for international and German students, with no tuition costs and additional funding for scientific meetings and trainings.


The strongest asset of our graduate program is a vivid research network that our students have access to. IMPRS-LS brings together two renowned Max Planck Institutes, the MPI of Biochemistry and the MPI for Biological Intelligence (in foundation) as well as two leading partner universities, the LMU and TUM, to deliver first-class training for the world‘s most promising young scientists.

Connecting different research groups in Munich, IMPRS-LS also connects diverse research topics and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations. Our students’ and their supervisors’ research activities center around three distinct but well-connected research branches: they strive to uncover molecular mechanisms regulating biological processes, analyze the resulting complex biological systems and decipher the intricate network of neural circuits. More than 60 distinguished and internationally recognized group leaders actively participate in the PhD program and offer challenging and cutting-edge PhD projects in the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Bio-imaging
  • Computational Biology
  • Gene Regulation
  • Immunology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Protein Structure
  • Signaling
  • Systems Biology


IMPRS-LS provides comprehensive scientific training in a superb and vibrant research environment with state-of-the-art facilities to students aiming for a successful career in science. Our doctoral students work within international teams of scientists in an interdisciplinary setting with extensive access to expertise and support. Seminars, summer schools, elective courses, career development training and participation in international conferences supplement laboratory work.



We invite highly qualified candidates with a strong commitment to basic science to apply.

Applicants should hold an MSc (or equivalent degree) with a strong background in biological sciences, neurosciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology or a related discipline.

Outstanding candidates with a first class BSc degree (or equivalent degree) are eligible to apply for the fast-track option.

For more information, eligibility criteria and online application please visit our website:

Application for 2023 is closed. Next call for applications (2024) will start in fall 2023!

Partner logos

PhD saved successfully
View saved PhDs