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PhD at Munich Medical Research School

The application deadline is January 31st, 2019 for the following areas in the Ph.D. Medical Research:

Candidates accepted for the core areas “International Health”, “Oral Sciences” and “Epidemiology and Public Health” can only start as Ph.D. students in the winter semester 2019/20. 
Candidates accepted for the individual Ph.D. can start as Ph.D. students as early as the summer semester 2019.

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Open Positions at Munich Graduate School of Economics

The MGSE offers a structured doctoral program which is designed to provide students with the same educational standards as is offered at other world-leading universities.

The aim of the course work at the MGSE is to provide doctoral students with the analytical tools necessary to carry out independent research projects. MGSE students get a thorough training in advanced methods in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics or specific subfield such as public economics. They are guided to the frontier of economic research and are exposed to state-of-the-art research questions.

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
PhD and Postdoc Openings in Nanoscience and Biophysics

The Center for Nanoscience at LMU is looking for highly motivated doctoral and postdoctoral candidates who are interested in multidisciplinary research and want to join our collaborative network of nanoscientists. 
All positions offer excellent re­search and training conditions within the stimulating scientific environment of the Center for NanoScience, the Collaborative Research Center SFB863 "Forces in Biomolecular Systems", the Collaborative Research Center SFB1032 "Nanoagents" and the Collaborative Research Center TRR235 "Emergence of Life" .

Find out more about tuition fees, salary, housing, degrees, etc. here.

Applications by researchers with handicap will be considered with priority under equal conditions. We welcome applications from female candidates. These are full-time positions. The possibility of part-time and flexible working hours will be considered.

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN) - PhD Positions

The GSN is the teaching entity for the Munich Center for Neurosciences - Brain & Mind (MCN), offering an integrated program of study which takes students from their bachelor to a master or doctoral degree.

The GSN is an interdisciplinary institution of the LMU Munich supported by the German Excellence Initiative (Wissenschaftsrat and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), and is managed as a distinct institution governed by an interdisciplinary scientific board. The GSN awards a degree independent from the traditional university structure, which you can read more about here.

What makes the GSN so attractive?

  • Internationally recognized, cutting-edge research opportunities

  • Flexible degree structure

  • Broad exposure to various research fields

  • Support of interdisciplinary research projects

First of all, the scientific environment in which the GSN operates is one of the neuroscience hot-spots worldwide. Besides offering excellent cutting-edge research opportunities, the structure of a GSN degree program has many advantages to a traditional doctorate. Through a combination of seminars and coursework, GSN students keep a broad scope even as their own research becomes more focused.

A GSN stipend program supports interdisciplinary PhD research projects, facilitating interchange of ideas across the fields of neuroscience. Additionally the GSN offers special stipends for PhD projects in neurophilosophy, a field which is still being developed both in Germany and internationally.

One strength of the GSN doctoral program lies within its flexibility. As such GSN students are always encouaged to make suggestions of special method training workshops or leading scientists they would like to invite for GSN seminars and discussions.

Applications open on December 1, 2018 and the deadline is February 15, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) CET. Read more about the application.

Lara RoessigLMU Munich
Berlin Mathematical School PhD program: Scholarships available

The Berlin Mathematical School is a joint endeavor of the mathematics’ departments at the universities in Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.

They offer an excellent doctoral program taught in English in a broad and active research environment together with mentoring programs, language courses, soft-skills seminars, funding for summer schools and conferences, a buddy program and funding for students with children. Committed to equality and diversity.

Their eight areas are:

1. Differential geometry, global analysis, and mathematical physics

2. Algebraic and arithmetic geometry, number theory

3. Stochastics and mathematical finance

4. Discrete mathematics and optimization

5. Geometry, topology, and visualization

6. Numerical analysis and scientific computing

7. Applied analysis and differential equations

8. Mathematics of data science

Admission to Phase I: possible with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Admission to Phase II: possible with a Master’s degree or equivalent

You can apply at:


Application Deadlines

Admission (scholarships available): 1 December 2018

Admission (limited number of scholarships available): 1 April 2019

IRTG 914 - The Graduate Program of SFB914

Studying the signals that navigate leukocytes within the vascular system and between different compartments on the cellular and molecular level is the main focus of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 914 “Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease”. This requires a broad methodological spectrum ranging from molecular and cellular biology tools and physiological in vivo approaches to complex bio-imaging applications.

To carry out the demanding and interdisciplinary research within the SFB 914, talented and well-trained young students are essential. Therefore, the training program (Integrated Research Training Group, IRTG) for PhD as well as MD students within this initiative is an important component of the SFB 914.

Students receive a structured training program consisting of

  • advanced methodological courses with a major focus on bio-imaging tools,
  • basic principle seminars with an emphasis on leukocyte trafficking,
  • soft skill seminars on communication skills and scientific writing, and
  • scientific education with lecture series, annual retreats, and an international summer school.

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Graduate School of Life Science Munich

The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), founded in 2009, offers an international doctoral program in life sciences covering areas of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systematics and Zoology to outstanding motivated and qualified researchers. The program is taught entirely in English and provides comprehensive scientific training in one of Europe's top ranking universities. The members of the Graduate School are part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). The faculties are ranked among the top biology and biochemistry educational institutions in Germany.

As of 2018, the application to the Graduate School LSM will no longer be annually but rather open all year round!

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich