Candidates (m/f/d) should hold a Master's (or equivalent) degree in experimental life sciences, mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics or related fields. Students receiving their Master's degree before October 2021 are also eligible.

The official language of the IMPRS-GS is English.

Criteria for admission will include academic skills and experience, motivation and commitment, communication skills, knowledge of the English language, as well as a broader view and creativity.

The projects and PIs will be published in December 2020. The offered positions will be funded. The funding is dependent on the funding source of the research group. Usually, the research group or department provides funding to their doctoral students in the form of an employment contract (approx. monthly amount of net salary: 1300-1600 EUR). For more information see research in Germany.


The application tool is currently closed.

Next application period will start in December 2020 and end in February 12, 2021.

Complete application will include:

  1. online registration, with pdf documents to be uploaded
  2. a statement from two referees

(1.) During online application, you will be asked to enter information regarding your current and permanent address, your education (recent and previous enrollment) and academic background, language proficiency, honors, awards, and scientific motivation. You should also indicate one to five faculty members of the IMPRS-GS as potential supervisors. A list of faculty offering position will be published in December. Do not contact the potential supervisors. By choosing their names, they will automatically get your application after the application deadline. It is possible to interrupt entering information during the online application process and login at another time point (before February 12, 2020). Answering the motivation questions will be critical. Concise and focused answers are expected here and will be important for the review process! Describe why you have chosen Genome Science, what your expectations and goals are, and motivate your choice of PIs.

(2.) You will be asked to add information or upload all your documents as single pdf file.
Required information:
  • cv (max. 2 pages)
  • transcripts / academic records (Studienbuch) of your studies,
  • all academic degree certificates (only university degrees, no secondary education degrees),
  • certificates of other relevant examinations (e.g. GRE, if available)
  • documents for English proficiency (e.g. language of instruction during education, native speaker, test certificates,..., if available)

  • (3.) The registration requires the address of two referees for recommendation. The referees will be contacted and be asked to answer a questionnaire online. Please make sure that the referees know about the issue. The deadline for them to fill out the recommendation is one day after your application deadline.

    Please note that your application will only be further processed AFTER your online application. Documents sent before the online application is opened, cannot be considered.

    The Max Planck Society, the University of Göttingen and the University Medical Center are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore encourage applications from such qualified individuals.

    Time line

    Application deadline is February 12, 2021; recruitment days April 19-21, 2021 (due to the Covid-19 situation, might be online only); start of PhD projects around fall 2021. Earlier starts might be possible, depending on the funding of the project.