3rd of January, 2020.


Berlin, Germany.

(Paid Opportunity)


International Max Planck Research School for Biology And Computation.

The new graduate program IMPRS for Biology And Computation (IMPRS-BAC) provides an education for students at the interface of molecular life sciences and computational sciences. This is based on perspective and supervision from both ends – experimental and computational – and suits students with degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, mathematics, bioinformatics or any related areas. It is a joint graduate program of the Freie Universität Berlin (FU, departments of biology, chemistry, pharmacy, and department of mathematics and computer science) and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG).

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The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics consists of four independent scientific departments, each headed by a Scientific Member (“Director”) of the Max Planck Society. The departments are complemented by the research group Development & Disease, as well as a changing number of independent junior research groups, forming the Otto Warburg Laboratory. In addition, the scientific service groups maintain crucial knowledge and technologies for all scientific groups of the Institute.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Molecular biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Mathematics.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Computation.
  • Physics.
  • Biotechnology.

For more information about the available PHD programs check the link here.

Required Languages

English or German.

Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 years with an optional extention for 1 year.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • All applicants must hold master’s degree in a relevant subject (e.g. molecular biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, biotechnology).
  • For exceptional students with a bachelor’s degree only, the program offers the preparatory program which allows applicants to attend lectures for three semesters and start on their PhD research after a qualifying exam, without submitting a master’s thesis, Some knowledge of German may be required for the preparatory program.

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

  • All PhD students receive a contract or stipend providing them with sufficient funds to live on in Berlin.
  • The amount and type will vary depending on the funding body.
  • Some travel funding is also provided.
  • There are no tuition fees in Germany, there is only an administrative fee to be paid to the university of 300 – 350 Euro per semester.

How to Apply

The process consists of two-step selection:

First Step: The Online Application form here, With the application, attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • An idea of which group at the IMPRS-BAC you would like to work with.
  • A formal CV.
  • Your certificates (you should gain your degree before October 2020).
  • The names of two referees who will write a reference letter by the deadline (referee deadline: 10th of January, 2020).
  • A research proposal (best based on the project proposals from the faculty labs which will be available in autumn).

Second Step: The Selection Syposium:

Invited students will stay 3 days in Berlin (26th-28th of February, 2020) and present themselves and their research in a short talk. Following this, the prospective PhD student is asked to discuss two journal articles with a panel of PIs and is interviewed by individual prospective supervisors.

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