Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics and the University of Freiburg


The International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMPRS-MCB) is looking for talented and motivated students with a passion for science, aspiring to work towards a PhD in the fields of Epigenetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Metabolism, Functional Genomics, Bioinformatics and Proteomics

We offer:

  • Stimulating English language program in an international research environment
  • Access to state-of-the-art core facilities
  • Intensive individualized mentoring
  • Rotations in three laboratories before you start your PhD project
  • Structured training complementing your PhD research

The IMPRS-MCB PhD program is organized by the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics and the University of Freiburg. Our scientists are internationally renowned experts in their fields and you will have a chance to profit from their expertise. You will also have an opportunity to interact with high-profile international speakers hosted by our faculty and build up your scientific network by attending local and international conferences.


MSc, MRes, Diploma or an equivalent degree in Biology, Biomedicine, Chemistry or related sciences, to be obtained latest by the start of the fall term in September 2017
Practical experience in the lab working on scientific projects
Excellent English language skills and the desire to work in a dynamic international team

Note: Bachelors-only applicants: In very rare cases, exceptionally talented students holding only a Bachelors degree may be admitted to the IMPRS-MCB. You should hold a 4-year degree, have excellent grades (top 5%) and possess extensive and relevant research experience (>2 continuous years). In such cases, additional study requirements – to be fulfilled during the first year of IMPRS participation - may be assigned.


Initial 3-year contract with possible extensions and associated benefits

Application details

Please visit our website to learn more information about our program and the application procedure.

Starting date: 14th September 2017
Deadline for applications: 20th March 2017

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