12 January 2020.


Berlin, Germany.

(Partially Funded)


Fully-funded PhD positions – MCD

We are committed to meet today’s challenges in biology and medicine and realize that excellent science requires outstanding researchers. If you aspire to be one of them – welcome to the MDC (The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine)!

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Research at the MDC aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of health and disease, and translate those findings into medical practice.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Molecular medicine
  • Diseases of the nervous system
  • Cancer research
  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease
  • Medical Systems Biology
  • Clinical Research

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

4 years

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Applicants are required to hold a university degree equivalent to a Master Degree (MSc), including a research thesis in biology, biotechnology, medicine, molecular medicine, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or some related field.
  • Applicants still studying should anticipate receiving their degree not later than 6 months after the interview date.
  • Required MSc final grade is ≥75%, or German score of at least ‘good’ (<2,5 of 5)
  • Applicants shall at the time of interview be in the first four years of their research careers (master degree obtained not later than 4 years ago) and should not have a doctoral degree already, according to the European Commission’s definition of early-stage researchers.
  • Language skills:Applicants need to have a good command of written and spoken English, while German language skills are not required. English proficiency tests for non-native speakers are recommended (such as TOEFL test with a score of 95+ (internet-based), 240+ (computer-based) or 587+ (paper-based), IELTS certificate with a bandscore 7.0+, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)), however, the language proficiency certificates are not a requirement for the application.
  • Please note that candidates who have previously been invited for interviews, will not be considered for further interview.
  • In the application process, applicants having completed their university degree must upload a scanned copy of the certificate, as well as transcripts, including marked coursework from university. Students still enrolled in their university program must upload a provisional certificate stating the already obtained examination marks.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • PhD researchers are fully funded through an initial 3-year employment contract with the MDC. Salaries are competitive to national standards, according to 65% TVöD 13 (monthly net payment of approximately 1600 EUR).
  • Health and social insurance are included in the contract.
  • In many cases, contracts are extended for an additional year. All PhD researchers are expected to complete their doctoral research and thesis in 4 years.
  • The university tuition fees per semester are approximately 350 EUR, and include public transportation ticket.
  • For the interview: Travel, visa expenses, accommodation and meals during interview days are fully covered by the MDC. The MDC cannot buy your transportation tickets in advance or reimburse the travel expenses before the Interview week.

How to Apply

First Step: Create an account to start the application.

Second Step: Upload the required documents:

  • Short CV of max. 2 pages (In the CV, please provide only biographical data and professional development timeline. All relevant education, research experience, motivation, workshops, conferences and publications information should be given in the application form.)
  • Transcript (record of study, including courses list and scores) of Bachelor degree, Vordiplom or equivalent 
  • Certificate of Bachelor degree, Vordiplom or equivalent
  • Transcript (record of study, including courses list and scores) of Master degree, Diplom or equivalent 
  • Certificate of Master degree, Diplom or equivalent 
  • Essays:

           – Research experience (max 2500 characters including spaces),
           – Research interest essay – Personal Statement (max 3000 characters including spaces),
           – Scientific discovery that has impressed you the most (max 2500 characters including spaces),
           – Undergraduate courses you found the most inspiring: max 2500 characters including spaces.

  • You may upload a video where you address the following question in 2 minutes (min 1 minute): “Which of the Nobel prize awards in the field of Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry or Physics did you find the most inspiring and why?”
  • Complete contacts for two referees.

A scanned version of the following documents is recommended (but not obligatory!):

  • GRE score
  • English proficiency test

Note: If you have not completed your Master’s program yet, provide temporary transcripts, including scores. All documents should be available in German or English.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Gehad Salem/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Amina Altesheh / Syria
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