PhD Program in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy

Compare PhD Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy 2017

Biological and Life Sciences

The PhD can vary depending on the institution and country in which it is awarded. Most scholars pursue a PhD because of strong motivation to contribute to the academic community as well as true curiosity about their chosen field of study. 

 

In order to learn more about life and what we know about it, one may be interested in entering a program in the Biological and Life Sciences. There are numerous potential programs to enter within such a broad field.

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic within the European Union, located in Southern Europe. To the north, it borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia along the Alps.

Top Doctoral Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy 2017

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International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Pisa

The International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, in order to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations. [+]

Best PhD Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy 2017. The International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, in order to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations. The Programme is structured into two curricula: Curriculum A - Plant genetic resources; Curriculum B - Functional biodiversity in agroecosystems. Research areas will include the analysis of: - Genetic variation in single genes and entire genomes of agricultural and forestry plants and their wild relatives; - Mechanisms that control the variability in genes and/or groups of genes, as those involved in resistance to pathogens and/or pests and tolerance to environmental factors; - Role of functional biodiversity in maintaining genetic diversity, including evolution and co-evolution of pests/pathogens and host plants; - Role of functional diversity, including interactions between pests/ pathogens/weeds and domesticated/volunteer/wild plants, in agroecosystem health; - Plant and crop physiology, including plant stress physiology and post-harvest physiology: - Options for applying the acquired knowledge, as a prerequisite for crop improvement, crop protection, sustainable crop/agroforestry management and multifunctional land use. The International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna- Pisa, offers three-years scholarships to carry out advanced research activities in the field of agrobiodiversity. Our goal is to encourage innovation and technology transfer in preserving, managing and exploiting agrobiodiversity through an advanced scientific educational programme. Scholarships are preferentially awarded to students coming from emerging/developing countries. [-]

Ph.D. Programme in BioRobotics

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Pisa

The Ph.D. programme in BioRobotics aims at educating highly competent researchers with the potential to be leaders in this area. The students will be educated in a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment, both through high level courses and through a demanding, creative and original research work. [+]

The Ph.D. programme in BioRobotics aims at educating highly competent researchers with the potential to be leaders in this area. The students will be educated in a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment, both through high level courses and through a demanding, creative and original research work. Doctoral research projects will be carried on in very well equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories (in such fields as bio-robotics, micro- and nano-technology, biomimetics, prosthetics) and through personal and team work performed under the supervision of a committed full-time faculty. The students will investigate how biological systems work from an engineering viewpoint, and will make use of such knowledge to pursue challenging research projects aimed at modeling, designing and building novel components and systems for biomedical applications, such as surgery and rehabilitation. The accomplishments of the students will be assessed by the number of papers published in peer reviewed international journals and by the number of patents filed. At the end of the Ph.D. programme, students will possess solid scientific and engineering skills, the ability to conceive and carry out original research projects, and an autonomous entrepreneurship spirit. Students are admitted to Ph.D. in BioRobotics further to a successful entrance examination. Eligible applicants must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree or equivalent title. Undergraduate students may also apply if they graduate before the beginning of the Course. The Ph.D. Programme in BioRobotics is a three-year program of advanced studies and supervised research; after the end of the Programme, the Diploma di Perfezionamento is conferred to students who have fulfilled the didactic requirement and passed a final examination with thesis dissertation; the Diploma di Perfezionamento is the equivalent of a Ph.D degree. [-]

Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiosciences

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Pisa

The Ph.D. Programme in “Agrobiosciences” is a three-year program characterized by an interdisciplinary connotation and designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community and to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in government agencies, financial institutions, international agencies, private companies in economics. [+]

Best PhD Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy 2017. The Ph.D. Programme in “Agrobiosciences” is a three-year program characterized by an interdisciplinary connotation and designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to acquire the research and analytical skills of the international scientific community and to acquire the skills of professional academic research to work in government agencies, financial institutions, international agencies, private companies in economics. The Ph.D. Programme in “Agrobiosciences” consists in the following curricula: Genomics and Crop Science (Plant Biotechnology; Plant Genetics; Plant Physiology; Plant Genomics; Crop Sciences; Advanced technologies in Horticulture; Crop production and quality) Agriculture, Environment and Landscape (Multifunctional and sustainable agriculture, Organic and integrated agriculture, Crop production and quality; Agroecosystem management and functional biodiversity; Landscape Agronomy; Multicriteria analysis of food and non-food cropping systems; Agro-environemntal comparison of cropping systems; Agriculture-territory-landscape) Students are admitted to the three years Ph.D. in Agrobiosciences further to a successful entrance examination. Eligible applicants must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree or equivalent title. As stated in the Regulations of the School, the Ph.D. Programme in “Agrobiosciences” is a three-year program of advanced studies and supervised research; after the end of the Programme, the Diploma di Perfezionamento is conferred to students who have fulfilled the didactic requirement and passed a final examination with thesis dissertation; the Diploma di Perfezionamento is the equivalent of a Ph.D degree. [-]

PhD in Condensed Matter Physics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste + 1 more

SISSA has just launched a new program for faster access to a PhD in condensed matter physics. The best students will be able to attend lectures at SISSA while still attending their last year of the Master course in Physics at the University of Trieste. [+]

SISSA welcomes applications for up to 6 positions for a new Fast Track PhD in Condensed Matter Physics starting in October 2016 SISSA has just launched a new program for faster access to a PhD in condensed matter physics. The best students will be able to attend lectures at SISSA while still attending their last year of the Master course in Physics at the University of Trieste. The PhD course in “Theory and numerical simulation of condensed matter” is a rich and complete post-graduate program of up to 4 years of training and research covering the various aspects of the field. The fast track program allows students to start their research careers one year earlier, studying and working in a vibrant international environment. Students at SISSA have ongoing close interaction with their supervisors as well as with several scientists and specialists in their field of study. To access this fast track PhD program students will be selected based on their curriculum and two entrance exams, one before enrolling the Master and one after two years for being admitted to the PhD. The two students, who will rank best in the selection, will be granted up to 750 euros per month to cover living costs in Trieste and university fees. Info SISSA is a scientific center in the fields of Physics, Mathematics and Neurosciences, located in a campus with stunning views over the city and the gulf. How to apply Applications will be accepted from 15 June to 1 September 2016 email: cm@sissa.it “SISSA is a dream for a young scientist. It is the center of one of the largest, and liveliest excellence poles in Condensed Matter Physics.” Massimo Capone, Full Professor at SISSA “A supportive environment and close relationships with colleagues made me feel at home. The blend of the sea and the mountain views is a huge source of ideas.” Mariani Rusishvili, PhD Student at SISSA “SISSA is a wonderful environment, from the scientific and human point of views. I have been greatly enriched and prepared to face the research and life in general.” Angelo Russomanno, Post-doc at ICTP [-]

Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO)

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the International Center for Genetic Engineering Biotechnology (ICGEB), the University of Trieste and the University of Udine offer a new Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO). [+]

Best PhD Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy 2017. The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the International Center for Genetic Engineering Biotechnology (ICGEB), the University of Trieste and the University of Udine offer a new Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO). The main mission of JuMBO is to train enthusiastic young scientists from developed and developing countries to use advanced molecular tools with a deeper understanding of their scientific and technical opportunities and limitations. Students who complete this PhD program will have a solid background in the various aspects of Molecular Biology and related methodology, including bioinformatics and structural biology, to efficiently exploit new functionalities for scientific and technical research purposes. Students will benefit from receiving their training in Molecular Biology in the active and exciting research environment of the four prestigious institutions. In addition, PhD students will benefit from established collaborations of the Institutions involved in the program, and in particular ongoing exchanges with the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the German Research School for Simulation Sciences in Jülich (Germany). Projects within the PhD Course Program take advantage of tools in molecular and structural biology to study the mechanisms of differentiation and cell homeostasis and their dys-regulation in cancer, viral infection and neurodegenerative diseases. A large collection of organisms is studied ranging from Homo sapiens to plants. Students are continuously in touch with cutting-edge research by attending classes, seminars and workshops throughout the year. The average teacher-student ratio is about 1 to 3. Main research lines are: Molecular Biology of Cells Developmental Biology Plant biology Structural Biology of Proteins and Nucleic Acids Genomics Molecular Oncology Molecular Cardiology Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration Molecular Virology RNA therapeutics Drug Discovery Target Audience JuMBO is conceived for young and dynamic students who are interested in becoming professionals in molecular biology, able to apply current and emergent technology to both research and industry, and to play their part in the development of new technology throughout their careers. The ideal student for this program has a strong interest in molecular biological problems driven by scientific research. With their legacy of promoting scientific excellence around the world, the four research centers involved in the program will encourage, by providing financial support to selected applicants, the enrollment of students from developing countries. Candidate selection and regulation Candidates will be selected on the basis of their CV and an interview. During the interview the candidates will be asked to expose their research interests and answer a few questions on advanced molecular biology and related subjects. The knowledge of the English language will also be tested. It is strongly recommended to directly contact the faculty members of JUMBO for information on projects and positions available in single laboratories. [-]

PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA aims at providing students with the fundamental knowledge and skills for conducting cutting-edge research in the field, covering topics as diverse as perception, language, memory, action, and social behaviour. [+]

The PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA aims at providing students with the fundamental knowledge and skills for conducting cutting-edge research in the field, covering topics as diverse as perception, language, memory, action, and social behaviour. Some of our research is also translational in nature (e.g., cognitive neuropsychology), thus offering opportunity for a career outside academia. The School is strongly research oriented. Our faculty dedicate most of their time to research, thus offering exceptional tutorship. This substantial investment in research is reflected in our ability to attract highly competitive funding (there are five on-going ERC grants in the group, several Human Frontier projects, and so on); develop strong research ties, both locally (e.g., the Healthcare system of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, the Unione Italiana Ciechi, the University of Trieste) and internationally (e.g., NTNU, Harvard, Oxford); and publish in leading journals such as Current Biology, PNAS, Science and Nature. The program has a strongly interdisciplinary approach: our research themes and expertise are suitable for students with backgrounds in computer science, math, medicine, experimental psychology, theoretical physics, biology and linguistics, as well as neuroscience proper, obviously. The official language at SISSA is English, so speaking Italian is NOT a requirement. The workload is mostly focused on conducting a research project under the supervision of our faculty, and in collaboration with fellow students, post-docs and possibly external professionals, such as neurologists, biologists or rehabilitation experts. For first-year students, the School also offers courses on the foundations of cognitive neuroscience, both theoretical and methodological. In addition to this frontal and hands-on learning, the School provides its students with a vibrant research environment, further fostering their growth. A journal club series takes place weekly; post-docs offer research talks every other week; a summer school is offered yearly, bringing to SISSA both a cohort of brilliant external students to interact with, and some of the most established scholars in the field; national and international visitors come regularly to SISSA offering both cutting-edge talks and opportunity for one-to-one or small group meetings. Previous visitors include the brightest stars in the cognitive neuroscience sky, such as Noam Chomsky, Edvard Moser, and Alfonso Caramazza. The program duration is three years, but one-year extensions are typical (covered by a School stipend). It is also possible to spend some time during the PhD at another research institution, if this is required for the successful completion of the project. Recent placements after PhD at SISSA include Harvard University (Cambridge, USA), Princeton University (Princeton, USA), Norwegian University for Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway), Glasgow University (Glasgow, Scotland, UK), Manchester University (Manchester, UK), Université de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA), Radboud University Nijmegen (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Sydney University (Sydney, Australia). [-]

PhD in Structural and Functional Genomics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The PhD Course in Structural and Functional Genomics main mission is the training of enthusiastic young scientists focusing their interests in a broad spectrum of biological research disciplines. [+]

Best PhD Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy 2017. Our Mission The PhD Course in Structural and Functional Genomics main mission is the training of enthusiastic young scientists focusing their interests in a broad spectrum of biological research disciplines. Projects within the PhD Course Program span from genomics, transcriptomics and developmental genetics to structural biology, molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and developmental neurobiology. Crossing over research such as system biology may have a prominent role within the PhD Course Program. Students are continuously exposed to cutting edge research through year around classes, seminars and workshops. Average ratio between supervisor and students is about 1 to 5. Main research lines are: Functional Genomics of the Brain Developmental Genomics Systems Biology Nanotechnology for Biological Sciences Structural Biology of Prion Protein Structural Biology of DNA Replication Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration: Synthetic Prions Molecular Physiology Drug Discovery The most recent placements after PhD at SISSA: Northwestern University (Chicago, USA), UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, USA), VIB Center for the Biology of Disease (KU Leuven, Belgium), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), National Institute of Chemistry (Ljubljana, Slovenia) Admissions The admissions to the Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) Course in Functional and Structural Genomics take place through a selection based on academic and scientific qualifications and a written and oral examination, according to the Statute of the School. Exceptionally qualified non EU-students can be admitted to the course only through evaluation of their academic and scientific qualifications. For the admissions, candidates must hold an Italian Laurea (Laurea Specialistica, Laurea Magistralis or the old Laurea Quadriennale) in a scientific subject, or an equivalent University degree gained abroad (i.e. M.Sc.), which appropriateness is approved by the School Senate, after having received the approval from the Faculty Members Council of the Course (hereafter FMC, see General Rules governing the PhD Course at SISSA). This degree must have been obtained before the PhD courses official starting date. The Admissions Committee (hereafter AD) for the entrance examination is composed of – in accordance with the Statute of the School – at least three members: two belonging to the FMC and one member from another institution (the external AD member), proposed by the FMC and nominated by the Council of the Neuroscience Area. The entrance examination is aimed at verifying the candidate’s aptitude for scientific research and her/his level of knowledge of the basic molecular biology and neuroscience. For the evaluation, the AD disposes of 100 points, 10 of which are for the academic and scientific qualifications, 40 for the written examination and 50 for the oral examination. The following achievements are considered valid for evaluation: Academic qualifications: i.e. final score from the Laurea Degrees, B.Sc., M.Sc., equivalent diplomas, and participation in post-degree courses, scholarships; Scientific qualifications: i.e. publications, manuscripts and original scientific results. The written examination consists of the elaboration of three topics of the Course chosen among a list proposed by the AD. Are admitted to the oral examination only candidates that have passed the written test with a score equal or higher than 28/40 points. The examination may be lead either in Italian or in English. The oral examination is a discussion on topics of the written test, of basic molecular biology and neuroscience, on the previous experience of the candidate in relation to her/his academic curriculum (including the thesis project), on the research work carried out so far, on the research interests of the candidate. Also in this case, the exam may be carried out either in Italian or in English. If the candidate decides to carry out the exam in Italian, she/he will need to prove her/his knowledge of the English language by reading and translating a short scientific text. The candidate passes the selection by reaching a score equal or higher than 70/100. At the end of the examinations a list of the admitted candidates (starting from the highest score) is displayed by the AD. The Council of the Area examines the proceedings of the examination presented by the AD and decides the admissions to the PhD courses. [-]

PhD in Neurobiology

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The aim of the Lectures of the PhD program in Neurobiology is to provide students with a common framework starting from different backgrounds. [+]

The aim of the Lectures of the PhD program in Neurobiology is to provide students with a common framework starting from different backgrounds. Lectures will take place at the beginning of the PhD Program, so to have more time to focus on the scientific research project that will be carried out during the PhD. There will be two main scientific modules complemented by a module dedicated to specific experimental methodologies and safety procedures. All the lectures will be in English and will be held by an expert in the field. Module 1 will be devoted to fundamental aspects of Neurophysiology and Neurobiology: we will review basic notions about neurons, synapses and sensory systems. We will also cover properties of neuronal networks underlying perception in the cortex and locomotion in the spinal cord. Module 2 will be dedicated to emerging tools and experimental methodologies from Nanotechnology, which can be used to investigate molecular properties of neurons, synapses and sensory cells. Properties of the interactions between neurons and new materials, such carbon nanotubes and grapheme, will be covered as well as basic properties of Atomic Force Microscopy and advanced Photonics. Module 3 will focus on methods to study receptors and channels function at molecular level, to understand signaling mechanisms involved in neuronal plasticity and adaptive responses. This module will be complemented by practical courses and lectures on specific molecular biology methods, like site-directed mutagenesis, protein analysis as well as on the use of conventional microscopy and cell biology techniques. This module will provide students basic information on Microscopy, Immunochemistry, Safety and Programming. Moreover, the students will have the chance to attend other specific courses on selected topics such as Computational Biology or Mechatronics. A course on Introduction to Neuroanatomy will be held by a distinguished expert in the field. Students with specific scientific interests, not covered by the planned series of Lectures, will be encouraged to participate in International Winter or Summer Schools devoted to these specific topics. The essence of the PhD Program in Neurobiology is the completion of the scientific PhD Thesis which will consist in a project at the frontline of contemporary investigation in Neurobiology. The subject of the Thesis will be chosen among the research projects of the Faculty of the PhD program. Main research lines: Cellular and network mechanisms of neurotransmitters Synaptic plasticity in development Sensory systems Regeneration of immature spinal cord after injury Neuronal and artificial computation The most recent placements after PHD at SISSA: University College London London, UK CNRS, France Baylor College of Medicine Huston, USA Monell Chemical Senses Center Philadelphia, USA Karolinska Institutet Solna, Sweden Universität Heidelberg Heidelberg, Germany Columbia University New York, USA University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany Admission and fellowships Requirements The School welcomes applications from young candidates soon after completion of their undergraduate studies with a strong interest in research even if without previous specific experience. To be admitted to the School, candidates must be in possession of one of the following degrees by October 31st 2016: Italian laurea or laurea specialistica/magistrale in a scientific subject; A University degree obtained abroad and considered equivalent to the aforementioned Italian degrees by the governing bodies of the School (i.e. M.Sc.). Entrance Exam All the information about the exams can be found on the SISSA main website. A contribution towards documented travel expenses with the exclusion of expenses incurred using their own means of transport, of up to a maximum of 150 €, will be given to all candidates participating in the oral exam. In the framework of the present announcement, a selection reserved to non–EU candidates, based on academic qualifications only, is foreseen. [-]

PhD in Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

Understanding the working principles of living organisms and soft matter systems from the basic equations ruling the dynamics of atoms and molecules was considered science fiction until a few years ago, and biophysics was almost unanimously considered a battlefield for phenomenologists. [+]

Best PhD Programs in Biological and Life Sciences in Italy 2017. Understanding the working principles of living organisms and soft matter systems from the basic equations ruling the dynamics of atoms and molecules was considered science fiction until a few years ago, and biophysics was almost unanimously considered a battlefield for phenomenologists. Nowadays, applying rigorous physics to biological processes is no longer a dream. What’s more, it is becoming clear that the next few decades will be the golden age for the “theory of life”, which is expected to undergo the same accelerating growth experienced by other physics disciplines in the past century. Young scientists attracted by the opportunity to develop and apply concepts, models and methods to explore the still uncharted territory of quantitative biology can take up this challenge in our PhD programme in Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems. This PhD programme has a highly interdisciplinary character and offers advanced, research- oriented training in theoretical and computational topics at the interface of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The faculty includes members from the SISSA Physics and Mathematics areas, the CNR-IOM Democritos centre and ICTP, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Students are typically admitted to the PhD programme after taking a written and oral exam, though non-EU applicants may be pre-selected based exclusively on academic qualifications. During the November-April period of the first year, students attend a set of advanced courses, which include: Statistical Mechanics, Numerical Methods in Computational Physics System Biology, Statistics and Probability Introduction to Biochemistry, Computational Biochemistry Advanced Sampling Techniques Molecular Dynamics Statistical Mechanics of Polymers Mechanical Aspects of Cell Biology and Bioinformatics Introduction to Quantum Chemistry Simulations in Molecular Medicine At the end of the courses, each first year student takes on a supervised research project. The choice of research topic and supervisor is arranged with the PhD faculty. The PhD programme is typically completed in about 4 years. The progress of each PhD student is monitored with an official annual assessment (progress report), and the final PhD exam is based on a written dissertation that is defended orally in front of a board of international experts. The most recent placements after PhD at SISSA: Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA Temple University, Philadelphia, USA University of Edinburgh, UK University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA University of Vienna, Austria Admission Every year the Molecular and Statistical Biophysics (SBP) group admits up to five (5) students to attend a three year Ph.D. programme. The students are selected according to a written and oral test. Application deadlines, dates and number of available positions of the entrance examinations are periodically posted on the PhD announcements webpage, where you can also download the application forms. SISSA makes a contribution towards the travel expenses for attending the exam. Enrollment of all the new students at SISSA and the beginning of classes in the Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems program will take place at the beginning of November. The normal duration of the Ph.D programme is three years. A fourth year may be allowed when suitable justified. The initial part of the PhD programme is based on course work which is considered to be an integral and necessary part of the research training. Application procedure Candidates must apply to be admitted to the standard entrance examination. Admissions are articulated over three steps. First, candidates are evaluated on the basis of their CV (exams records, publications, etc.) and reference letters. Candidates that pass the 7/10 score in this evaluation are next admitted and invited to take the written exam in Trieste (travel financial support is available according to SISSA rules) which, if successfully passed in followed by an oral interview. The list of problems of past entrance examinations can be found in the entrance exams section. The written and oral exams take place in two consecutive days and the outcome of the selection procedure is made known shortly after completion of the oral exams (same day). Candidates must send a paper application form that can be downloaded from the official SISSA announcement web page. Candidates who are not citizens of European Union have two possibilities to be admitted to SISSA as a PhD Student: Pass the regular entrance examination in Trieste as explained above. Pass a Spring preselection based on academic and scientific qualifications. Students selected in this way will therefore enter the School without taking the regular entrance examination, but will be expected to pass a qualifying examination within the first year of study. The spring preselection for non-EU applicants is open until 31st March of 2016. The next coming entrance selection will be held the 27th and 28th June of 2016 (deadline for online applications on 15st June 2016). The admitted PhD students will have the opportunity to carry out research on the following main topics: Algorithm development for biomolecular simulations Atomistic simulations of drugs interacting with proteins and nucleic acids Kinetics, mechanics and thermodynamics of biopolymers: atomistic and coarse-grained approaches Modeling and simulation of cellular motility Rational drug design Systems Biology [-]