Ph.D. Graduate Program at The International Max Planck Research School for Heart and Lung Research
The International Max Planck Research School for Heart and Lung Research (IMPRS-HLR) is the leading educational platform of the Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
IMPRS-HLR is jointly operated by the Justus Liebig University (Gießen), the Goethe University (Frankfurt), as well as the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (Bad Nauheim). The graduate program offers studies in the field of heart, vessel and lung biology and covers high-level science in development, remodeling and regeneration, stem cell biology, developmental genetics and translational research.
The structured curriculum of the school offers interdisciplinary lectures, workshops, method and career development seminars as well as the participation in international conferences and annual retreats. The international and interdisciplinary approach of the program promotes cross-frontier thinking, communication, and scientific networking.
In contrast to the broad Ph.D. program, the conducted research thesis is focused on the scientific interest of the chosen research group at the MPI for Heart and Lung Research or at one of the affiliated universities. The combination of specialized knowledge and interdisciplinary education within our Ph.D. program provides an excellent foundation for a future career.
Information about the Doctoral Program:
The International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) have become an essential part in the translational education of Ph.D. students. Talented junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions.
Doctoral fellows will participate in a three-year professional graduate school program including seminars, methods courses and retreats and will benefit from the advanced scientific offerings of the institute and the universities. A thesis committee will provide feedback and guidance and mentorship for future career development. For their research projects, doctoral students are supplied with generous funding.
Successful candidates will be able to choose a research project from one of the research groups. Depending on qualifications and the selected projects, doctoral students may be eligible to register for one of the four doctoral degrees offered, including Ph.D., Dr. rer. nat., Dr. hum. biol., and Dr. med.
We are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment such as
• Automatic Fluorescent Microscopes (Image Express)
• Flow Cytometer (sorters and analysers)
• Laser Scanning Focal Microscopes
• Mass Spectrometers
• NanoString Platforms
• Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
• State of the art animal facilities (mouse, zebra fish and newts)
The International Max Planck Research School for Heart and Lung Research (IMPRS-HLR) is the leading educational platform of the Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The school is jointly operated by the Justus Liebig University (Gießen), the Goethe University (Frankfurt), as well as the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research.
Successful candidates can choose cutting-edge Ph.D. projects in the following research areas:
• Cardiac Development and Remodeling
• Stem Cells and Tissue Regeneration
• Developmental Genetics
• Lung Development and Remodeling
• Angiogenesis and Metabolism
• Cell Polarity and Organogenesis
• An international and structured Ph.D. program taught in English
• Competitive funding
• Excellent career opportunities
• State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research projects
• Friendly and multi-disciplinary environment
Who can apply?
We are looking for:
- Authentic desire and drive to commit to a three-year doctoral program
- Willingness to develop further and learn in a multidisciplinary environment of talented people and high-end facilities
- Interest in living as part of an international community in the centre of Germany
- Solid English language ability, written and spoken as well as capability to work with English publications
- Fun in solving problems, carrying out analysis and working with attention to detail
- Above average performance in the scientific field and academia
- Hands-on lab experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in biology, biochemistry, medicine, bioinformatics or related by October
Tasks of a doctoral student include:
- Independently project managing, conducting and documenting a research project
- Planning, designing, putting into practice and controlling all laboratory and experimental work
- Using methods such as
- Cell Sorting and Flow Cytometry
- Generation of Transgenic Animals
- High-Resolution Confocal (in vivo) Imaging
- Proteomics (Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry)
- Participation in curricular and extra-curricular activities, such as lectures, soft skills courses, methods courses, retreats, presentations, Ph.D. committee, thesis committee
What we offer:
- An international and structured Ph.D. program with English as the working language
- Competitive funding
- Excellent career opportunities
- State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research projects
- Friendly and multi-disciplinary environment
Items to provide
This is what you need for your application:
All applicants are requested to provide the following information. All files have to be summarized in ONE pdf-file:
1. Completed application process through our application database
The following information and certificates are required:
2. Secondary school leaving certificate
Your secondary school leaving certificate (equivalent to ‘high school’ or German ‘Abitur’).
3. Academic records
Submit your official transcripts of academic records from every postsecondary institution attended at least one year as a full-time student. Academic records should give information on the type and content of courses taken (Diploma supplement) and the grades you received. Your rank in class should be noted whenever possible. If the institution does not issue records in German or English, original language records must be submitted with translations. At this stage of the application process you can submit non-certified documents.
4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
including birth date, nationality and gender.
5. Proof of English language ability
If your native language is not English, proof of an adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission.
Proof can be provided either by:
a) a TOEFL certificate (TOEFL.org)
(Score requirements: Paper based: 570+ ; Computer based: 230+ ; Internet based: 90+)
b) an IELTS certificate (IELTS.org)
(Score requirements: band 6.5+)
c) a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
d) Applicants who took part in an undergraduate program in English or German are asked to provide a suitable certificate from their faculty.
6. Statement of Purpose
Please provide a statement of purpose describing
- why you wish to become a member of the IMPRS-HLR,
- your preparation for this field of study, and
- your future career plans.
Please describe the area of natural science you find most interesting, your previous research experience, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your attitude and motivation for the program.
Admission to the IMPRS-HLR is competitive and solely carried out through a central selection procedure.
Please note, that applications can only be accepted via our application database within the scheduled deadlines. Late or incomplete applications will not be further considered. For admission to the IMPRS-HLR, participation in the face-to-face assessment center in Bad Nauheim is indispensable.
All applications received on time will be subjected to a multi-step evaluation procedure.
Evaluation of applications:
The initial evaluation will consider the completeness of the application, the quality and degree of adaptation of the motivational letter, the performance during the university degree, English language ability as well as experience in the lab.
Applications that meet the primary requirements are forwarded for further assessment by faculty members. The focus will be on the suitability of subjects studied and achievements in the scientific field. Candidates will be short-listed for invitation to the face-to-face assessment center in Bad Nauheim.
During the face-to-face assessment center, candidates will have several interviews with faculty members. Besides the evaluation of competence and fit, research interests and experience are matched to the IMPRS-LHR research groups. Candidates will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation (plus time for questions) of former scientific work.
Offers are made one to two weeks after the assessment center. Offers in general include affiliation to a particular research group.
Important Dates and Deadlines:
- November, 2017 – Application database opens
From November 20th, 2017 you can submit your application online.
- January 31st, 2018 – Application deadline
Absolutely no applications will be accepted after the deadline.
- From March, 2018 – Invitations for interviews
Visa and travel organization for invited candidates will require detailed planning and effort.
- May 2018 – Face-to-face Assessment Center in Bad Nauheim
Personal presence is mandatory for the participation in the selection process.
- May 2018 – Offers will be sent
- From October 2018 – Start of program
Further program details and information on applications can be found on: www.imprs-hlr.mpg.de
Application deadline: 31.01.2018
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