International PhD Programme

Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB)

  • Cutting-edge research in an interdisciplinary environment
  • English as the working language
  • Fully funded PhD positions

The International PhD Programme on Gene Regulation, Epigenetics & Genome Stability (IPP) in Mainz invites you to apply for PhD positions in our groups at Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Mainz University and its University Medical Center. We offer about 10 projects in our summer call 2018.

There are ~125 PhD students from over 25 different countries enrolled in the IPP.

Mainz is a charming student city located in the cosmopolitan Rhine-Main area in Western Germany. Frankfurt airport (20 minutes away) connects you to the world, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (world heritage) to nature and the rich local culture.

The IPP is designed to train you in both the scientific skills and the creative and critical thinking abilities that you will need for your research and personal development as a scientist. Our groups cover a broad range of expertise in the fields of:

Epigenetics, Transcriptional Control & Dynamics, RNA & Chromatin Biology, Stem Cell & Developmental Biology, Evolution, DNA Repair & Genome Stability, Ageing & Disease, and Bioinformatics & Systems Biology.

This range of expertise and the open and vibrant atmosphere within the programme encourage multidisciplinary collaborations and innovative research. Moreover, a range of scientific and social events ensures high levels of exchange and collaboration between the participating groups.

The programme is coordinated by the Institute of Molecular Biology—a centre of excellence in the life sciences. Participating groups are located at the:

  • Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)
  • Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU)
  • University Medical Centre (UMC)
  • Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P)

We offer

  • The possibility to work on a cutting-edge project using state-of-the-art technology in a highly motivated research team
  • A stimulating, diverse and international research environment
  • Advanced training opportunities in scientific, technical and transferrable skills
  • Fully funded positions

Required qualifications

  • Master or Diploma
  • Motivation to solve complex scientific problems
  • Good communication skills in English

Further requirement:

  • Two letters of reference

Apply by 15 May 2018

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