Graduate School Life Science Munich: From Molecules to Systems - PhD


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Program Description


The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM) offers an international doctoral program to motivated and academically qualified next-generation researchers at one of Europe’s top Universities. LSM members are internationally recognized for their innovative research approaches and technologies, they are aiming to answer essential questions relevant to basic and applied biological and biochemical research. Within their own research group or in collaboration with a specialized research group on campus, LSM doctorates are given the opportunity to learn and command a variety of techniques. Furthermore, the graduate program holds various workshops and seminars that strengthen and prepare doctorates for a successful career as scientists.

With over 40 research groups from the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) München, the LSM in its prominent location within the HighTechCampus in Martinsried south of Munich contributes to the enormous possibilities for support, interdisciplinarity and constant scientific input from the surrounding laboratories.

Available research projects cover areas from Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Plant Sciences.

For additional information please visit our website at or simply apply here.

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All courses, lectures, and seminars at the LSM are held in English. Thus, selected candidates have to be fluent in both written and spoken English.

Successful students of the graduate school will be awarded a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) by the LMU after 3 to 4 years. Candidates need to prove a strong qualitative background as well as interest and ability to conduct independent research.

The doctoral program is open for students who hold either a master´s or diploma degree, as well as to exceptional candidates with a four years bachelor's degree (with written thesis).

LSM calls for doctoral applications on a yearly basis, open from the 1st of October until the 30th of November 2020.

Applicants are selected in a multi-step process through our online portal, thus ensuring openness and fairness throughout the application procedure. Every complete submission is evaluated by the LSM coordinator. Applications will be independently reviewed by several faculty members of the LSM Graduate School. Based on academic qualifications, research experience, motivation, scientific background, and letters of recommendation, candidates will be selected to participate in the LSM Interview week. After a thorough evaluation through the LSM committee board members, successful candidates will be invited to join the LSM Graduate School.

Further information and details about the online application process can be found here.

Additionally, the DAAD and LSM jointly award 2 full scholarships for doctoral study finances by the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP). Further information about the application process and the availalable DAAD scholarships can be found here

Contact information:

Graduate School Life Science Munich
Nadine Hamze
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Faculty of Biology
Grosshadernerstr. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried
Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 2180-74765

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Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The Graduate School Life Science Munich is part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). These excellent f ... Read More

The Graduate School Life Science Munich is part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). These excellent faculties are ranked among the top biology and biochemistry educational institutions in Germany. Together with the LMU Gene Center and the Klinikum der Universtität München (KUM), they belong to the HighTechCampusLMU in Grosshadern-Martinsried that is well-known for international state-of-the-art research in life sciences. The participating research groups often collaborate with the adjacent Max-Planck Institutes for Biochemistry and Neurobiology and with the German Research Center for Environmental Health (Helmholtz Zentrum München). The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), founded in 2009, offers an international doctoral program in life sciences covering areas of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systematics and Zoology to outstanding motivated and qualified researchers. The program is taught entirely in English and provides comprehensive scientific training in one of Europe's top-ranking universities. Read less