Application are invited for Ph.D positions (16 positions) at CiM-IMPRS, Germany


The program is now open for new applications. We offer 16 PhD positions in Life and Natural Sciences. More PhD positions financed by work contracts may be offered depending on availability.

Applications can only be sent via our online system. The system is available during the above mentioned application period only. The deadline for applications is 1 May 2016.  References should be uploaded until 3 May 2016. Additions/corrections (see below) can be submitted until late September. The time between selection for interviews and the interview symposium is rather short (for organisational reasons). If you need a passport to travel to Germany and you don’t have it yet please already arrange for getting one or make sure that obtaining passport and visa can be done between 10 May and 30 June 2016. Please inspect the webpage of your German embassy.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent (e.g. German Diploma), in life or natural sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, pharmacy or related fields), in mathematics or computer sciences. Applicants with a state examination in pharmacy can be admitted to work on pharmaceutical/chemical projects. The date of award of the Master’s (or diploma, state examination) degree must not

be more than 4 years ago (i.e. 4 years before the above-mentioned application deadline).

Applications are also welcome if the required degree has not yet been awarded by the time of application. However, it has to be awarded before fellowships commence in October.

Adequate English proficiency: Applicants who are not native English speakers should demonstrate an adequate competence of the English language by one of the following options: 1) acceptable results in an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or 2) proven higher education in English or 3) reasonably long stay in an English speaking country or 4) simply demonstrating your English language abilities during presentations and interviews in Münster. Please note: Although an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) is not required it is very important that you CAN communicate well enough in spoken and written English. Knowledge of the German language is not required.

Students from Münster are also welcome to apply. Please note: Students who are already working in a group of a CiM-IMPRS member (see list of members on this page under “Faculty”) are eligible for a fellowship only if they will join a different CiM-IMPRS group for their PhD. If you have questions concerning this rule please contact us by e-mail.

Interviews in Münster: The CiM-IMPRS faculty will select applicants for interviews in Münster. You will be informed about the decision no later than the date given above in the application schedule (selection for interviews). We will pay for your travel to the interview symposium in Münster (and back) as well as for your accommodation here. However, costs to obtain visas (visa fees and travel to embassies) are not covered.

Interview Symposium in Münster: The symposium consists of interviews (including a short presentation of your Master/Diploma thesis), meetings with potential supervisors and visits of groups/labs. You can book additional meetings and visits on site. In addition, the applicants will present their Master/Diploma work on posters whereas CiM-IMPRS groups will present posters with their projects. There will also be meetings with current students. On the last day of the symposium you will be asked to give a final updated list of 3 preferred groups/supervisors sorted by your priority.

Application procedure in detail
Note: All submitted transcripts and certificates must be in English or German. Certified copies of documents are not mandatory at the time of submission. However, all relevant documents have to get certified upon acceptance to the program. We are unable to consider applications that are incomplete or do not fulfill the formal criteria described above.

Your application will consist of 2 pdf files only. The first file will include application form and curriculum vitae (CV); the second will include transcripts, record of study and certificates. Please do not send zip-files.

Checklist for your application
1. Completed CiM-IMPRS Application Form
2. Curriculum vitae (1 page)
3. Transcripts, records of study
4. Certificates: Master (or Diplom), Bachelor, secondary school education (only if available), English language test (if available)
5. Names and e-mail addresses of two academic teachers who can send reference letters
6. Names of 1-3 CiM-IMPRS groups in which you would like to do your PhD.

Application Schedule
Application period: 26 February – 1 May 2016
Selection for interviews: 10 May 2016
Interviews: 3-6 July 2016
Decision: 8 July 2016
Commencement of fellowship: 1 October 2016

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