Molecular Biology of Cells (Ph.D.)
The doctoral program "Molecular Biology of Cells" is part of the Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The research-oriented program offers training in a broad range of methods and concepts, from structural biology and molecular mechanisms to the specific roles of cellular sub-compartments and cell-cell interactions, to study molecular cell biology in different organisms and model systems.
- Molecular Biology of Cells
- doctoral degree (Dr.rer.nat./Ph.D.)
- Graduate school:
- Standard period of studies:
- 6 semesters
- Start of studies:
- summer and winter semester
- Language of the programme:
- restricted (application to GGNB)
Get to know us
The doctoral program "Molecular Biology of Cells" is part of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, and the German Primate Center.
The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who share enthusiasm for studying different aspects of the biology of cells and hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields. Our program offers training in a broad range of methods and concepts to study molecular cell biology in different organisms and model systems. This also includes a broad spectrum of scales, from atomic resolution in structures of molecules and macromolecular complexes to pathways in different cellular sub-compartments as well as the functions and interactions of cells in tissues.
The GGNB offers an integrated training and qualification concept consisting of:
- Thesis advisory committees advising the doctoral student and monitoring the progress of the doctoral project,
- Scientific methods courses, seminars and summer schools in all science areas covered by the graduate school,
- Professional skills courses in the four categories Scientific Communication; Good Scientific Practice, Ethics, and Intellectual Property; Self-Management and Organizational Skills; and Career Development, as well as German language courses and courses on Scientific English,
- Industry excursions to biotechnological, pharmaceutical, optical or (bio)physical companies, guided by GGNB alumni,
- Student-organized scientific symposia and career-related events,
- Annual Ph.D. retreats organized by the programs.
In total, 20 Credits are required and doctoral students can tailor their individual curriculum by choosing from all courses and events. Only a Seminar on Good Scientific Practice is mandatory.
The doctoral students hold at least three annual Thesis Advisory Committee Meetings within the regular PhD time of 3 years. The maximum duration of PhD studies in GGNB is 4 years.
- M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, or related fields.
- If English is not your first language, you need to provide proof of proficiency in English at level C1 of the CEFR (or equivalent, e.g. completion of an M.Sc. degree in English or IELTS Band 7).
You are eligible to apply to GGNB if:
- you have already secured a doctoral position with a GGNB faculty member (apply within 3 months after the start of the PhD project), or
- you have successfully established contact to a GGNB faculty member who has expressed an interest in your application and who may be able to offer you a PhD position if you pass the selection process (apply up to 4 months before the planned start of the PhD project).