12 Fully-funded PhD Positions
The Berlin-based Max-Delbrück Center (MDC) for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association is one of the world-leading research institutes for molecular biology and genetics, with a focus on translational approaches to develop treatments for neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic diseases. The MDC offers fully-funded PhD positions in one of our 65 research groups. Topics of interests are:
- Cardiovascular research and metabolic diseases
- Cancer and immunology
- Developmental Biology
- Medical systems biology
- Mathematical modellin
- Structural biology
- Diseases of the nervous system
- Translational research
Situated in an excellent scientific, international and supportive environment, MDC provides you with:
- Structured PhD program
- Advanced research training incl. summer schools, and annual PhD retreats
- Individual supervision from expert scientists
- Access to state-of-the-art technology
- Travel grants for external courses and conferences
- Framework program for personal and career development.
- English training program and environment.
MDC is an equal opportunity employer and offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Berlin is one of the most vibrant and affordable cities in Europe and offers a variety of entertainment and sports activities. Join our community of 400 international PhD students and enjoy studying and living in Germany.
Who are we looking for?
- Enthusiastic students with a strong interest in life sciences or related topics
- You hold or expect to obtain a Master degree not later than August 2019
- Your degrees is in molecular medicine, chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics
We encourage you to apply via the application portal at
PhD researchers are fully funded through an initial 3-year working contract with the MDC. In many cases contracts are extended for an additional year. All PhD researchers are expected to complete their doctoral research and thesis in 4 years. Salaries are competitive to national standards and there are no tuition fees.
The MDC is situated in Campus Berlin-Buch, a modern science and biotechnology park with a clear focus on biomedicine and various opportunities for child-care facilities and schools. Berlin is one of the most vibrant cities located in the heart of Europe. With a population of 3.4 million people, Berlin offers an incredible load of entertainment and sports activities, making it a popular destination to visit and live in.
We have set up a multi-step recruitment process with the goal of identifying people with right mix of skills, experience, and future potential. This involves an assessment of the paper application based on academic accomplishments and professional experience, structured interviews, presentations, and on site visits.
Our communication policy aims to maintain an objective and fair hiring process for all applicants. Communication between candidates and institute will be primarily by e-mail. We acknowledge every submitted application immediately with an automatic e-mail response. During the hiring process, all successful applicants will receive notifications on the next steps via e-mail. In due course, candidates who have not been short-listed will be informed by email.
We value diversity and are committed to carrying out a transparent recruitment process for every position. There may be minor variations, but in general our selection process has the following structure: