Max Plank PhD – 20 Fully Funded Positions in Germany

Max Plank PhD Positions in Germany

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About the Program

A 4-year PhD Program involving 3 renowned international institutes: the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Center for Systems Biology Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. Degrees are awarded by the Technische Universität Dresden, one of Germany’s Excellence Universities.

We are looking for innovative and independent minds to fill 20 fully-funded PhD positions. With pioneering scientific research, our demanding PhD program is tailored for those who aim high, are willing to take risks, and enjoy a rapid pace. We follow an integrative approach merging biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science to research questions concerning living systems, particularly: How do cells form tissues and organisms?

Fellowship Amount

The IMPRS-CellDevoSys offers full financial support during thesis preparation, up to 4 years. Financial support is granted via an employment contract according to 65% TvöD E13(German tariff for employees in civil service). Health insurance, pension contribution, and other social benefits are included in the contract. The net take-home pay for PhD students (after taxes and deductions) is a minimum of 1,600 Euro per month.


Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving, a Master’s Degree in Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or Engineering before taking up PhD thesis work. Applicants holding an excellent BSc degree are also welcome to apply, given that independent research and a written thesis is part of the curriculum.

As English is the working language of the program, applicants should demonstrate a high level of spoken and written English proficiency. We recommend including TOEFL or IELTS results with your application if available.

We seek applications from talented and creative young scientists who are curious by nature and hunger for new solutions under our research mission. Successful candidates possess a burning ambition to shape the future of science and the ability to thrive in a highly competitive, interdisciplinary environment.

We expect truly excellent prior academic performance and research experience. Successful candidates exhibit potential to conduct challenging, top-notch research towards a PhD degree. Distinctive proficiency in textbook scientific knowledge is essential. Enthusiasm and collegiality are also vital

How to Apply

Step-by-Step Application Process

  1. Request an account
    Request an account for our online application system. Please use an email address that will remain valid throughout the application process. You will receive access to the online application form immediately.
  2. Complete registration
    Registration requires some personal background information from the applicant, as well as contact details of two referees. Please make sure to provide correct contact information, as this cannot be modified after registration. In general, referees should be familiar with your academic and/or laboratory research performance to provide a useful assessment. We advise you to include the principal investigators who supervised your thesis work. Your referees will receive an email invitation to submit their recommendation online. You will receive an email confirmation as soon as these recommendations are received. Please contact your referees directly for clarification should you not receive these confirmation receipts in a timely fashion. If necessary, you may add up to two additional referees before the registration deadline.
  3. Complete your application
    Please complete all parts of the application form and upload relevant University certificates and official transcripts documenting your entire post-secondary education. For ongoing studies, please provide the latest transcript documenting all results obtained to date.  Furnishing of TOEFL/IELTS and GRE examination results is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. We recommend generating a PDF file of your application for your reference.
  4. Submission
    Our application system requires your completed online application form, along with two recommendations, before final submission is possible. All of these materials must be received prior to the published application deadline. You will receive an email confirming the successful submission of your application.

Application Deadline

Registration Deadline 25 October 2019
Application Closes 5 November 2019
Interview Dates 27-31 January 2020
Thesis Start Dates 1 April 2020 – 28 February 2021  **

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