International PhD Program in Biological Sciences
Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology and Friedrich Miescher Laboratory Tuebingen are offering International Germany PhD positions in the Biological Sciences. Approximately 20 new PhD students join the program each year.
The aim of the International PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory is to develop the minds and skills of promising young scientists by providing outstanding interdisciplinary training in cutting-edge biological research. The PhD program is open to highly qualified students from Germany and any other country. Complementing their scientific research, PhD students are required to attend courses offered on the Max Planck Campus and at the University of Tübingen, participate in research seminars and present their research findings at internal symposia.
The program offers cutting edge training in:
- Structural Biology,
- Plant & Animal Development,
- Molecular & Cellular Biology/ Biochemistry,
- Developmental & Quantitative Genetics,
- Evolutionary Biology & Ecological Genetics.
The program language is English. Applicants must demonstrate English written and oral communication skills during the application process.
Applicants must hold or expect to obtain a Diploma or MSc degree in a relevant subject by the time they begin their PhD.
B.Sc. Students graduating within the top 10% of their class from a German university with independent research experience may also be eligible. In exceptional cases, students from international 4-year B.Sc. programs with additional qualifications may also be admitted. However, in these cases additional requirements (courses, seminars, exams or a research report) must be fulfilled.
The PhD Program will reimburse travel cost and provide free room and board for the interviews.
All PhD positions are fully funded for up to 4 years, either through stipends from the Max Planck Society or employment contracts. On average, PhD students can expect to have a disposable income of approximately 1,450€ per month, from which health insurance costs have to be deducted. Additional subsidies may be available, based on personal circumstances.
The International PhD Program does not charge tuition or fees. Students wishing to enroll at the University of Tübingen are charged minimal fees (approximately €110/semester).
Assistance with visa formalities will also be provided.
The application deadline is May 13, 2014.
General GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) score: Applicants who do not hold a university degree from a College or University within the European Higher Education Area must submit a GRE general or relevant subject score. A copy of the official score report is sufficient for the application. The official score report is required for the interview. GRE Institution Code is 4791. In general, successful applicants have scored above 152 (500 pre-2011) on the verbal test and above 155 (700 pre-2011) on the quantitative test.
The application procedure consists of of three steps:
1. Screening of completed application packages.
2. Telephone or video-conference interviews.
3. Personal interviews at our institutes in Tuebingen .
The application package consists of three components which must all be provided through our online application system:
1. Online application form.
2. Certificates submitted as one pdf-file.
3. References from two referees.