iGRAD-Plant – a graduate program for plant science
The International Graduate School for Plant Science is offering an international Ph.D. program with excellent research possibilities for young scientists. iGRAD-Plant is a joint program with the Research Center Jülich and the Genetics program of the Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA. In order to achieve international research experience, all Ph.D. students in the iGRAD-Plant program perform a 6 to 9-month research stay at the Michigan State University, one of the leading universities of plant science in the USA.
Research areas and training are covered in:
- Molecular Plant Sciences
- Synthetic Biology
- Quantitative Biology
- Computational Biology
The program is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Intensive Course Program
The iGRADplant program offers the opportunity to enter with a Bachelor’s degree (from B.Sc. to Ph.D. in 4 years) or a Master’s degree (from M.Sc. to Ph.D. in 3 years).
Incoming students with a B.Sc. degree will be initially trained in a structured one-year program. Throughout this qualification period, current topics in plant molecular biology, theoretical biology, statistics, computational biology, and synthetic biology will be taught in comprehensive lecture series and practical courses. Additionally, all students carry out three independent lab rotations in participating laboratories.
Fellowships and Support
The program supports every student with a fellowship or position funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
- Students entering the program with a BSc degree receive a fellowship of € 800/month in the first year. For the subsequent three years, Ph.D. students receive a position as a doctoral researcher (50-65% EG13 TV-L, German civil service pay scale).
The program will assist in all formal and legal affairs, such as visas, housing, health insurance and enrollment.
- Excellent Bachelor’s, Master’s or Diploma degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Quantitative Biology or a related field. Applicants holding an excellent bachelor degree in biology or biochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply!
- Applicants who are not native speakers should demonstrate adequate competence of the English language by acceptable results of an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).
- Two letters of reference from previous supervisors, who are able to evaluate your personality and your academic experience. Preferably the referees should mail the reference letters to the coordination office directly.
Interested students are invited to send their application anytime via email to iGRAD-Plant(at)hhu.de
Please make sure your application is complete and contains the following items:
- The application form, completely filled-in. Please, read the instructions How to fill in the application form before doing so.
- Two letters of reference from previous supervisors, send directly by the referee to iGRAD-Plant(at)hhu.de
- Transcripts of the previous study, including credit hours and marks obtained and copies of relevant diplomas and degrees in English or German
- Documentation of proficiency in the English language, such as TOEFL or IELTS (can be waived for domestic applicants)
- A Curriculum Vitae detailing education and training and previous research experience
Please send a complete electronic copy of your application as a single PDF by email to iGRAD-Plant(at)hhu.de. Do not send originals, documents will not be returned. iGRAD will request certified copies of documents once a selection of successful candidates has been made.
Application Deadline: February 25, 2019
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