How do I apply?

Recruitment 2021

Apply to the IMPRS-IEM program until 04 November 2020 using this online application portal.

Applicants must hold an MSc/Diploma in Biology/ Biomedicine/ Biochemistry/ Bioinformatics or related subject. Please note that a MD or DVM is not a substitute for an MSc degree. Typically, a BSc degree of 5 years' in duration is also not a substitute. This is a requirement from the University of Freiburg.

Please see the How to Apply page for other requirements and application hints.

IMPRS Office

Dr. Kyle Austin
Dr. Kyle Austin
Scientific Project Coordinator, Graduate Training and Communication
Phone:+49 761 5108-447Fax:+49 761 5108-720

imprs{at}ie-freiburg.mpg.de

Lisa Breitner
Lisa Breitner
IMPRS-IEM Administrative Assistant
Phone:+49 761 5108-449Fax:+49 761 5108-720

imprs_office{at}ie-freiburg.mpg.de

IMPRS PhD Program

Welcome to the IMPRS-IEM PhD Program

 

Welcome to the International Max Planck Research School for Immunobiology, Epigenetics, and Metabolism (IMPRS-IEM) - a joint international PhD program of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics and the University of Freiburg. The research carried out at IMPRS-IEM focuses on diverse questions in the fields of:

IMMUNOBIOLOGY
EPIGENETICS
METABOLISM
CELL BIOLOGY
BIOCHEMISTRY
PROTEOMICS
BIOINFORMATICS
FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS

IMPRS-IEM is the successor program to IMPRS-MCB established in 2006. The new name and program structure reflects strengthening of the scientific research done by our faculty as a joint initiative of scientists from the University of Freiburg, the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, and the Institute for Systems Immunology in Würzburg.  

We offer talented doctoral researchers excellent training opportunities in the fields of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Immunobiology, Epigenetics and Metabolism. Scientific education in a first-class environment supports their development into outstanding young scientists.

Our doctoral researchers receive employment contracts according to the guidelines by the Max Planck Society for the duration of their PhD research. The payment is sufficient to cover the monthly living costs in Freiburg. There are no tuition fees.

One of the distinctive aspects of our program is a rotation period. Doctoral researchers spend one month each in three different laboratories before starting their PhD project. This is an important step towards identifying a suitable laboratory for their PhD thesis, as it allows them to experience three distinct lab environments and provides further insight into particular research topics. The rotations are also a chance for group leaders to ascertain which doctoral researcher will be the best fit for their groups.  Finally, this rotation phase enhances communication and networking within the Institute.

After the rotation period, doctoral researchers join the lab in which they will carry out their PhD work. The PhD project constitutes the core of the scientific training. IMPRS doctoral researches benefit from the supervision of the respective group leader, interactions within the laboratory and collaborations within and outside the MPI-IE. The progress of all IMPRS doctoral researchers is regularly monitored by their thesis advisory committees (TACs).

A broad curriculum complements the laboratory training. This additional training program covers three major aspects - advanced scientific training, transferable career-critical skills and networking. In particular, we offer courses that relate to:

  • Advanced scientific methods e.g. bioinformatics, statistics, imaging
  • Critical analysis of scientific literature
  • Scientific Writing
  • Scientific Presentation
  • Good Scientific Practice
  • Career Development
  • Funding Opportunities

We strongly encourage participation in the annual PhD retreat organized by the PhD representatives. Furthermore, we support doctoral researchers' attendance at regional symposia and international scientific conferences and provide advice for future career planning.

In this section you can find general information about the school

Program Overview

In this section you can find general information about the school [more]
Useful information for future and current IMPRS fellows

PhD at IMPRS-IEM

Useful information for future and current IMPRS fellows [more]
Here you will find all information regarding our application procedure and requirements

How to Apply

Here you will find all information regarding our application procedure and requirements [more]
Meet our faculty and find out more about their research interests.

Our Faculty

Meet our faculty and find out more about their research interests. [more]
Currently there are 57 IMPRS fellows working towards their PhD.

Our Students

Currently there are 57 IMPRS fellows working towards their PhD. [more]
In this section you can find the answers to most commonly asked questions.

FAQ

In this section you can find the answers to most commonly asked questions. [more]

 
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