Interdisciplinary research, close cooperation between the Ph.D. candidates and their advisors and innovative approaches to the curriculum are the aim of postgraduate training at the 37 International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS), which have been established by the Max Planck Society. The Research Schools offer a multitude of thematic orientations for especially gifted students from Germany and abroad. The students are given the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in about three years under excellent research conditions and in structured and versatile course programs.
The IMPRS in Chemical Biology is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, the Technische Universität Dortmund, and the Ruhr-University Bochum with the aim to advance our understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms on a molecular scale by applying chemical, biochemical, and biophysical tools. Doctoral students of the IMPRS in Chemical Biology receive a first-rate, research-oriented advanced education enjoying close supervision by world-renowned scientists. The competitive and interdisciplinary, yet collaborative environment assures intensive interaction and discussions with fellow students, post-docs and senior scientists.
Every year, the IMPRS in Chemical Biology accepts up to ten junior scientists from all over the world. Requirements for admission include generally a Master degree and good knowledge of the English language. In the selection process, criteria like theoretical knowledge, motivation and work ethic, independence, and communication skills of the applicant are considered. A final decision about admission is usually taken after personal interviews. All candidates admitted to the program receive a stipend or an employment contract ensuring sufficient financial support.
Detailed information regarding the postgraduate training program of the IMPRS in Chemical Biology can be accessed by visiting its web site at www.imprs-cb.mpg.de