Max Planck Research School Joint Graduate Program 2018, Germany


April 13, 2018

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Joint Graduate Program


The program is jointly run by the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine. The CiM Graduate School of the "Cells in Motion" Cluster of Excellence and the International Max Planck Research School - Molecular Biomedicine were merged to form one graduate program.

The Ph.D. program offers cutting-edge science and teaching in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences with a strong emphasis on Imaging. Although the focus of the program lies on biomedical research there is also a strong demand for graduates of computer sciences, mathematics, chemistry and physics to work on new ways of image acquisition and analysis as well as on novel labeling methods.

PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation with a strong focus on state-of-the-art imaging. CiM-IMPRS PhD students study cellular behavior in cells, tissues, animal models or patients. Projects can also focus on the development of mathematical models or new imaging-related techniques and compounds.

The Program offers outstanding research in high-profile laboratories as well as excellent scientific and "soft-skill" training aimed to strengthen the PhD students’ competencies for their future careers. Each year up to 16 PhD students will receive fellowships (tax-free) or work contracts (for more details go to "Application"). More PhD positions financed by work contracts may be offered depending on availability. There are no tuition fees. 
The Program offers support with visas, accommodation and administrative matters.


The Program offers 16 PhD positions in Life and Natural Sciences. More PhD positions financed by work contracts may be offered depending on availability.

Applications can only be submitted via our online system. 

References should be uploaded until 15 April 2018. Additions/corrections (see below) can be submitted until late September.

The time between selection for interviews and the interview symposium is rather short. If you need a passport to travel to Germany and you don't have it yet, please already arrange for getting one or make sure that obtaining passport and visa can be done between 3 May and 21 June 2018. Please inspect the webpage of your German embassy.

Please refrain from contacting Faculty Members and PhD students by e-mail or phone! During the last application periods, some of them have received an extremely high number of messages and calls which is a real burden. Please send an e-mail to the office instead. If you have questions or encounter problems with the application procedure please don't hesitate to contact the coordinator, Prof. Martin Wild, by e-mail. Due to the high number of e-mails committee can only answer those questions that are not addressed in the information given below!


Applicants must hold a Master's degree, or equivalent (e.g. German Diploma), in life or natural sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, pharmacy or related fields), in mathematics or computer sciences. Applicants with a state examination in pharmacy can be admitted to work on pharmaceutical/chemical projects. The date of award of the Master's (or diploma, state examination) degree must not be more than 4 years ago (i.e. 4 years before the above-mentioned application deadline).

Applications are also welcome if the required degree has not yet been awarded by the time of application. However, it has to be awarded before fellowships commence in October.

Adequate English proficiency: Applicants who are not native English speakers should demonstrate an adequate competence of the English language by one of the following options:

1) acceptable results in an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) 

2) proven higher education in English

3) reasonably long stay in an English speaking country

4) simply demonstrating your English language abilities during presentations and interviews in Münster.

Please note: Although an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) is not required it is very important that you CAN communicate well enough in spoken and written English. Knowledge of the German language is not required.

Students from Münster are also welcome to apply. Please note: Students who are already working in a group of a CiM-IMPRS member (see list of members on this page under "Faculty") are eligible for a fellowship only if they will join a different CiM-IMPRS group for their PhD. 

Application Procedure


1) Write your application in English language (application form, short curriculum vitae (CV), transcripts and certificates). In your online application you name 1-3 potential CiM-IMPRS groups in which you would like to work.

2) Identify and inform 2 academic teachers/supervisors who can send reference letters (also see 4).

3) Submit your application (online). You will receive a registration code.

4) Ask the 2 referees to submit reference letters using the registration code.

5) You will be asked to have a Skype interview with committee between 25 April and 2 May 2018.

6) Interviews in Münster (3.5 days, obligatory, program pays for travel and accommodation).

All submitted transcripts and certificates must be in English or German. Certified copies of documents are not mandatory at the time of submission. However, all relevant documents have to get certified upon acceptance to the program.

Your application will consist of 2 pdf files only. The first file will include application form and curriculum vitae (CV); the second will include transcripts, record of study and certificates. Please do not send zip-files. Further down you find information on how to create and combine pdf files.

Acceptance to the program:

A final decision on acceptance to the program will be made on the day after the interviews. You will be informed about a decision by e-mail. Successful applicants start their PhD projects on October 1st. If you wish, you can also start earlier. However, if you need a visa, please note that obtaining the visa may take several months.

Students working in a Max Planck group will get a work contract. Others will receive a tax-free fellowship of 1400-1468 € per month. More PhD positions financed by work contracts may be offered depending on availability. The income after deduction of tax and health insurance of work contracts and fellowships is similar and more than sufficient for living in Germany. There are no tuition fees, but PhD students have to register with the university with a contribution of ca. 50 € / month for which they receive a ticket for free public transport in Münster and North Rhine Westfalia (!) and the opportunity to apply for cheap student dormitories.

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February 26, 2018
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