20-25 Ph.D. students are annually accepted into IMPRS Research Groups.
Ph.D. Selection Timeline
The 2019 Application Cycle is now open.
|2019 Application Cycle|
|Application Opens||1 September 2018|
|Registration Deadline||6 December 2018|
|Application Submission Deadline||16 December 2018|
|Interview Dates||11-14 March 2019|
|Thesis Start Dates||1 April 2019 – 28 February 2020 **|
IMPRS-CellDevoSys seeks applications from talented and creative young scientists who are curious by nature and hunger for new solutions under our research mission. Successful candidates possess a burning ambition to shape the future of science and the ability to thrive in a highly competitive, interdisciplinary environment.
IMPRS-CellDevoSys expects truly excellent prior academic performance and research experience. Successful candidates exhibit potential to conduct challenging, top-notch research towards a Ph.D. degree. Distinctive proficiency in textbook scientific knowledge is essential. Enthusiasm and collegiality are also vital.
Admission is based solely on prior scientific qualifications and future potential. This ensures the recruitment of only the highest qualified candidates in a fair and transparent manner.
Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving, a Master’s Degree in Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or Engineering before taking up Ph.D. thesis work. Applicants holding an excellent BSc degree are also welcome to apply, given that independent research and a written thesis is part of the curriculum.
As English is the working language of the program, applicants should demonstrate a high level of spoken and written English proficiency. It is recommended to include TOEFL or IELTS results with your application if available.
Previously affiliated applicants
Candidates previously affiliated with an IMPRS group for more than 3 months are considered “internal candidates”. In general, internal candidates are eligible for admission. They may join a research group for Ph.D. thesis work if the previous affiliation with this group did not exceed 12 months. Internal candidates must demonstrate outstanding performance and the highest potential in order to be invited for interviews. To avoid any favoritism or bias, group leaders associated with an internal candidate will not be involved in judging the candidate’s qualification for admission.
Please review eligibility requirements prior to application. To officially apply for this program, you must complete the online application form within the publicized deadlines. Applications, or parts thereof, submitted by any other means are not considered. Most of the document should be self-explanatory, but please review FAQ if you have questions.
Step-by-Step Application Process
- Request an account
Request an account for the online application system. Please use an email address that will remain valid throughout the application process. You will receive access to the online application form immediately.
- Complete registration
Registration requires some personal background information from the applicant, as well as contact details of two referees. Please make sure to provide correct contact information, as this cannot be modified after registration. In general, referees should be familiar with your academic and/or laboratory research performance to provide a useful assessment. Please include the principal investigators who supervised your thesis work. Your referees will receive an email invitation to submit their recommendation online. You will receive an email confirmation as soon as these recommendations are received. Please contact your referees directly for clarification should you not receive these confirmation receipts in a timely fashion. If necessary, you may add up to two additional referees before the registration deadline.
- Complete your application
Please complete all parts of the application form and upload relevant University certificates and official transcripts documenting your entire post-secondary education. For ongoing studies, please provide the latest transcript documenting all results obtained to date. Furnishing of TOEFL/IELTS and GRE examination results is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. It is recommended to generate a PDF file of your application for your reference.
Our application system requires your completed online application form, along with two recommendations, before final submission is possible. All of these materials must be received prior to the published application deadline. You will receive an email confirming the successful submission of your application.
Admission is based solely on prior scientific qualifications and future potential. Only the highest qualified candidates in a fair and transparent manner will be selected.
Completed applications will proceed to evaluation. The first evaluation takes into account the applicants’ eligibility to join our program. Eligible applications will be assessed by faculty members, who recommend qualified applications to recruiting group leaders for consideration. Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in video conference interviews with an admission committee. Candidates who pass the admission committees qualify for participation in the interview week in Dresden.
The interview week in Dresden
The interview week in Dresden is crucial to be admitted to1 Ph.D. Program and to identify a hosting research group. The Monday of the interview week is reserved for a welcome, research group presentations, and a poster session. Interviews continue with the group leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday, combined with lab visits. Final interviews and lingering questions are addressed on Thursday morning. Selection results will be communicated that afternoon. Full details of the interview week will be sent to invited candidates only.
Admission offers to join the IMPRS-CellDevoSys are made by the end of the interview week. Admission is granted by the Dean. In general, offers are associated with a particular research group.
Start of Ph.D. thesis work
Primary supervisors usually identify individual starting dates with the newly accepted Ph.D. students. For the spring selection, the latest possible starting date is 1st October of the year of admission.
Funding & Tuition
The IMPRS-CellDevoSys offers full financial support during thesis preparation, up to 4 years. Financial support is granted via an employment contract according to 65% TvöD E13(German tariff for employees in civil service). Health insurance, pension contribution, and other social benefits are included in the contract. The net take-home pay for PhD students (after taxes and deductions) is a minimum of 1,600 Euro per month.
There are neither tuition fees for participating in the Ph.D. Program nor for being registered as a Ph.D. student at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). Official enrollment at the TUD as a student is optional; the biannual enrollment fee at the TUD is about 275 Euro and includes the so-called Semesterticket, which entitles you to use the public transport system in Dresden and surrounding areas.
Cost of Living
It is fairly easy to hold a high standard of living in Dresden, since the costs of rent, food, and other staples remain low. Several articles have recently noted that Dresden is one of the cheapest cities for students in Germany.