8 PhD fellowships at International Max Planck Research School

The International Max Planck Research School in Jena is an international graduate program to train excellent students in the use of molecular and chemical techniques to experimentally explore ecological interactions under natural conditions. The main focus is on the interactions between plants, animals, and their environment, as well as the behavioral consequences of these interactions.

The Research School is a joint initiative of:
  • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology,
  • Friedrich Schiller University of Jena,
  • Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology
  • Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research
Participants are provided with excellent research conditions in an interdisciplinary environment within a structured, three-year training program including practical courses, lectures, seminars, and participation in internal and international conferences. The courses of the IMPRS are held in English.

The IMPRS is part of the “Jena School for Microbial Communication” (JSMC) which was established in 2006 as an umbrella organization for three existing Research Training Groups.

General Requirements
Applicants must have or be about to obtain a Master's degree or a qualification equivalent to the German Diploma in molecular biology, ecology, microbiology, (bio)chemistry, entomology, neuroethology, bioinformatics or a related field. The applicant's academic performance must be excellent. Students holding a Bachelor's degree from a research-oriented institution can also be admitted to the program, if they have shown outstanding ability (e.g. a refereed first author publication).

In addition, a strong interest in examining traits of ecological interactions with molecular and chemical techniques is required. Please read the research statement to check if your research interests match the overarching topic of the IMPRS.

Selection and Admission

Applications will be evaluated by the IMPRS Faculty Admission Committee based on the qualifications, recommendations and your research interests and motivation (please see the research statement and the list of project ideas). To reach a decision with regard to short-listing, pre-selected candidates will be asked for a phone interview in mid-July. Short-listed candidates will be invited to a group recruitment in Jena (August 29-31, 2011). During this time, candidates will have the opportunity to get a closer look at Jena, its historic sites, culture and night life. They will also be introduced to the Friedrich Schiller University, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology and the IMPRS family. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
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