Germany Molecular Biology PhD Openings 2019 for International Students

Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH

funded by the
Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation
Ackermannweg 4
55128 Mainz, Germany


Our International PhD Programme (IPP) gives talented and enthusiastic students the opportunity to undertake PhD research at the cutting edge of modern biology. Projects within the Programme address key questions related to the overarching theme of Gene Regulation, Epigenetics & Genome Stability.
Our groups cover a broad range of expertise in biochemistry, genetics, cell and developmental biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, and applied physics. Techniques you can study with us include CRISPR/Cas, NGS, modeling of gene networks, mass spectrometry or super-resolution microscopy. The scientific and social events and the open and vibrant atmosphere in the Programme ensure high levels of exchange and collaboration between the participating groups.
Check our PROJECTS and APPLY to the IPP
The Programme is coordinated by the Institute of Molecular Biology - a recently founded centre of excellence in the life sciences. Participating groups are located at the:

This programme thus provides an excellent opportunity to interact closely with a number of top scientists during the course of your study.

Please find here a list of our 46 IPP Groups.

Core funding for the International PhD Programme comes from IMB, Johannes Gutenberg University and its University Medical Center.
To download our flyer for the International PhD Programme, please click here: PDF. If you have any questions that are not answered here, you can contact us using the details on the contact page.

Application Process

1) Online registration

Register online to provide us with your contact details and the details of at least two referees. Referees should be senior scientists, such as group leaders or professors at a university or research institute. These referees should know you well. 

Please register here

Once you have completed the registration form, your nominated referees will receive a personalised link to the standard reference form and upload page. You will be notified by email when a reference letter is submitted.  

We will not consider applications until we have received 2 reference letters. Therefore, please ensure that you contact your referees in time.

Information required for registration:

  • Personal data, including your affiliation and contact details
  • Contact details of your referees

2) Online application form

Once you have registered, you will immediately receive a link to your personalised online application form by e-mail. You find this link at the end of a guideline how to apply. The application form will ask you to provide the information and documents listed below.
As the form cannot be saved, we strongly advise you to prepare the necessary information before you begin. Texts can then be pasted into the form as required. The application must be completed in English.  

Information required for application (click here to download an example):

  • Details of your degrees (BSc, MSc)
  • Details of any other post-graduate degrees, awards, honours or distinctions (description with a maximum of 250 words)
  • Details on research stay abroad during studies (if any)
  • Details of past research experiences
  • A list of your publications (PubMed format, maximum of 300 words) and your conference contributions (title of presentation, date and location of the conference)
  • Which groups you are interested in working with; up to 5 may be selected. Please note: not all groups offer projects in every call!
  • A motivational statement describing your interest in the IPP and your chosen groups as well as your scientific goals (maximum of 300 words)

You will be asked to upload the following documents in PDF format:

  • Curriculum vitae (max size 3 MB)
  • A single file (max size 4 MB) containing:
     - University studies as far as completed
       (including certificates of qualification and transcripts of records)
     - English language test certificate (not mandatory, only if available)
     - High school certificate (if available)
If degree forms and records from your university or high school certificates are not available in English, we do not require authorised translations for this application. If you encounter any technical problems, please contact the IPP coordinator (e-mail).

3) Interview days

About 18 - 25 shortlisted students will be invited to Mainz for interviews from 3 - 5 February 2020. The interviews will be held over 3 days and include presentations by the Group Leaders and the applicants as well as in-depth interviews in the group(s) you could imagine to work with. Costs for accommodation and travel (also intercontinental) are covered by the IPP.

You must register by 19 November 2019 and apply by 26 November 2019 24:00 CET in order to be considered for the winter call 2019/2020. 

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