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IMPRS Hiring PhD Students – Life Science Candidates Apply

IMPRS Hiring PhD Students – Life Science Candidates Apply

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Genome Science is looking for PhD Students

The International Max Planck Research School for Genome Science (IMPRS-GS) is a PhD programme located at Göttingen Research Campus. IMRPS-GS PhD students are trained in experimental and computational genome sciences. We, the faculty of IMPRS-GS, conduct research in functional genomics, quantitative proteomics, bioimaging, computational biology, and bioinformatics. The growing high-throughput and quantitative measurement technologies in these research areas lead to increasing cross-disciplinarity between experiment, computation, and analysis. We therefore consider it crucial for the coming generation of researchers in genome sciences, whether experimental or theoretical, to become specialist in one discipline and to understand the language of the other. It is our goal to train this new generation of scientists.

Elibgility Criteria: Candidates (m/f/d) should hold a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in experimental life sciences, mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics or related fields. Students receiving their Master’s degree before October 2022 are also eligible.

The official language of the IMPRS-GS is English.

Criteria for admission will include academic skills and experience, motivation and commitment, communication skills, knowledge of the English language, as well as a broader view and creativity.

The projects and PIs are described here (recruitment faculty). The offered positions will be funded. The funding is dependent on the funding source of the research group. Usually, the research group or department provides funding to their doctoral students in the form of an employment contract (approx. monthly amount of net salary: 1300-1600 EUR). For more information see research in Germany.


The application tool is available until February 10, 2023. (link to application tool)

Complete application will include:

online registration, with pdf documents to be uploaded
a statement from two referees

(1.) During online application, you will be asked to enter information regarding your current and permanent address, your education (recent and previous enrollment), academic background, language proficiency, honors, awards, and scientific motivation. You should also indicate one to five faculty members of the IMPRS-GS as potential supervisors. A list of faculty offering position will be published in December.

Do not contact the potential supervisors. By choosing their names, they will automatically get your application after the application deadline. It is possible to interrupt entering information during the online application process and login at another time point (before February 10, 2023). Answering the motivation questions will be critical.

Concise and focused answers are expected here and will be important for the review process! Describe why you have chosen Genome Science, what your expectations and goals are, and motivate your choice of PIs.

(2.) You will be asked to add information or upload all your documents as single pdf file.
Required information: cv (max. 2 pages) transcripts / academic records (Studienbuch) of your studies, all academic degree certificates (only university degrees, no secondary education degrees), certificates of other relevant examinations (e.g. GRE, if available)
documents for English proficiency (e.g. language of instruction during education, native speaker, test certificates,…, if available)

(3.) The registration requires the address of two referees for recommendation. The referees will be contacted and be asked to answer a questionnaire online. Please make sure that the referees know about the issue. The deadline for them to fill out the recommendation is one day after your application deadline.

Please note that we only accept applications submitted via the online application tool, Documents sent before the online application is opened, cannot be considered. In addition, please be aware that the application will only be further processed once the application deadline has passed

The Max Planck Society, the University of Göttingen and the University Medical Center are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore encourage applications from such qualified individuals.

Time line

Application deadline is February 10, 2023; afterwards negotiation and online interviews of pre-selected candidates with potential supervisors; shortlist of candidates and final selection at recruitment days April 24-26, 2023 (if presence is possible due to the pandemic situation); start of PhD projects around fall 2023. Earlier starts might be possible, depending on the funding of the project.

Applications can only be submitted online until February 10, 2023

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