WELCOME to the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences: From Biology to Medicine, (IMPRS-LS). The IMPRS-LS PhD Program, established in 2005, represents the commitment of the Munich-based Max Planck Institutes (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology and Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry) and the partner-universities (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Technische Universität München) to first class training and education of graduate students. Internationality, dedicated mentoring and early independence in research characterize our program. Our competitive PhD program will provide you an excellent starting platform for a successful career in science.
For more information and online application please visit our website: www.imprs-ls.de
Phd for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
The PhD program covers the areas of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular medicine, neurobiology and structural biology and takes an integrative approach to connect these disciplines and the participating players thereby promoting networking, communication and scientific interactions as a vital part of graduate training.
Thesis research at IMPRS-LS is integrated into a structured curriculum offering a variety of training opportunities including lecture series, seminars, advanced courses, method and career development workshops and participation in international conferences. The interdisciplinary setting of the program exposes students to a wide range of different topics and technologies thereby promoting the ability of cross-frontier thinking. While such broadly-based perspectives characterize the framework of the program, the research of an individual doctoral student is tightly anchored within the scope and focus of the chosen research group, providing ample room for specialization and in depth training.
Doctoral degrees are usually awarded by one of the two Munich partner universities, Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) or Technical University Munich (TUM) both of which are amongst the highest ranking universities in Germany. International doctoral students may also choose to have their doctoral degree awarded by a university of their home country.
More than 250 doctoral students from all over the world are currently working at the Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry and Neurobiology and, together with numerous doctoral students from university laboratories, are creating a young and dynamic international atmosphere at the institutes.
The main goal of the research school is to provide interdisciplinary training in molecular and cellular life sciences to doctoral students in an environment of scientific excellence. During the course of their studies, students are exposed to a broad field of scientific questions and methods covering the areas of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular medicine, neurobiology and structural biology. This general interdisciplinary training is combined with a substantial degree of specialization taking place in the direct supervisor’s laboratory thereby providing both a broad and an in depth training to doctoral students. Scientific training is complemented by a variety of training opportunities including lecture series, seminars, elective courses and participation in international conferences. In addition, a comprehensive training program in transferable skills prepares the doctoral students for the challenges of a professional career in academia, industry or elsewhere.
To date, more than 60 research groups, internationally recognized for their innovative research, form the core faculty of the research school, actively contributing to the training and education of the enrolled doctoral students. Using state of the art approaches, IMPRS-LS faculty members aim to answer essential questions relevant to basic and applied biological and biomedical research. Faculty members are affiliated with either a Munich-based Max Planck Institute or one of the two Munich universities. The laboratories of the faculty members are located at various sites on the campus Martinsried and Großhadern, in downtown Munich and in Munich-Garching most of which are within close reach of the university subway line U6. A network of collaborations between the research groups fosters cross-disciplinary interactions and promotes the development of novel research approaches.
Currently, 140 doctoral students are enrolled in the IMPRS-LS PhD program and are shaping, together with several hundred doctoral students working on the campus, a lively and dynamic international atmosphere at the institutes. Strong efforts have been made to attract highly talented doctoral students from different parts of the world and to date, more than 50% of all doctoral students have a non-German nationality. Annually, between 30 and 40 candidates are accepted to the program.
Doctoral students are supervised by a direct supervisor and a thesis advisory committee consisting of at least three members. To ensure a balanced committee at least one of the members should come from an institution other than the institution of the direct supervisor. The thesis advisory committee directly reports to the IMPRS-LS coordination office that constantly monitors student development and progress.
The IMPRS-LS training program is characterized by five core components: (i) the interdisciplinary lecture series “From Biology to Medicine”, (ii) the IMPRS seminar, (iii) the advanced method training program, (iv) the transferable skills program and (v) the career development program.
The curricular core components are complemented by additional training opportunities provided by the Munich Universities, external method courses, summer schools, scientific conference attendance and other activities.
Applicants should hold an MSc (or equivalent university degree) in biological sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, medicine or a related discipline.
Required documents are:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Transcript (record of study) and degree certificate of bachelor degree or equivalent degree
- Transcript (record of study) and degree certificate of master degree or equivalent degree (if applicable). If your degree program is not yet completed, please provide temporary transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- Certificate of proficiency in English (unless native English speaker or education was in English)
A GRE subject test in either biochemistry, biology, chemistry or physics is strongly recommended if your academic training took place in a non EU country. However, a convincing GRE score will strongly support any application. For applicants from India we also accept GATE.
Applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit proof of proficiency in English. Proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English-speaking country may also be accepted.
Time line of selection process:
- Online registration will be activated after October 15, 2015
- Deadline for application: January 05, 2016 (24:00 Central European Time)
- Deadline for submission of reference letters: January 09, 2016 (24:00 Central European Time)
- Interview week in Munich: February 29 to March 04, 2016
Please note that travel expenses and accommodation during interview week will be covered by the Research School.
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