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Open Positions 8
Time Span 01 Apr 2021 for 3 years
Application Deadline 31 Oct 2020
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Subjects Biology/Chemistry/Physics
Description PhD positions at the International Max Planck Research School for Living Matter (formerly International Max Planck Research School in Chemical and Molecular Biology)

Dortmund, Germany

Application Deadline: October 31st 2020

The International Max Planck Research School for Living Matter: from molecules to dynamics (IMPRS-LM) is looking for talented and motivated PhD candidates of all nationalities to carry out novel projects in the following research areas:


We expect excellent academic scores, prior research experience but most importantly commitment and enthusiasm to face the many challenges of a PhD project.

The IMPRS-LM is a joint PhD program between the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (MPI-MP), the Technical University (TU) Dortmund, the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), and it is located in the Ruhr Metropolitan Area, a vibrant, open and multicultural region in Germany.

The collaboration between the four institutes started already in 2002 with the inauguration of the first graduate program called International Max Planck Research School in Chemical and Molecular Biology (IMPRS-CMB). Building on the experience established over the past 18 years with the IMPRS-CMB, the new IMPRS-LM offers an international, interdisciplinary and modern PhD program combined with a collaborative and young environment, where students can lay the foundations for their future career.

We want to train a new generation of scientists that are passionate about biology, that would like to understand the chemistry at the basis of life and that are fascinated, like physicists, by the dynamic behaviour of living matter through time and space.

We offer:

• fully-funded PhD positions (competitive salaries with social benefits)
• an international and exciting working atmosphere
• state-of-the-art research facilities
• an integrated training program that includes lectures, advanced scientific workshops, complementary skill courses and career development activities
• a mentoring program to guide and promote young scientists

Interested students should hold (or expect to hold prior to the start of their PhD) a M.Sc. (or an equivalent degree) in Biology, Biochemistry, Life Science, (Bio-)Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Computer Science or related fields.

The language of the IMPRS-LM (formely IMPRS-CMB) PhD program is English, therefore a good command of spoken and written English is a requirement.Formal proof of English proficiency (such as TOEFL, IELTS) is not mandatory but recommended. Should the IMPRS coordinators consider it necessary, applicants may be contacted by phone or skype for language assessment. Knowledge of German is not required, but foreign students will be offered the opportunity to attend German language classes.

For more information and to apply, please visit us at

The Max Planck Society strives to ensure a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities irrespective of gender, nationality or disabilities of the applicants.
The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Working Language
  • English
Language of Dissertation
  • English
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • List of Publication
  • Others : proof of English proficiency (recommended), the contact details of two academic referees
More Information


International Max Planck Research School for Living Matter • Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology
PhD Lucia Sironi
Otto-Hahn-Str. 11
44227 Dortmund