Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM) PhD Positions
The Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM) is offering Ph.D. positions for students with a background in biochemistry, biology, bioinformatics, physics or applied math and an interest in conducting interdisciplinary research at the interface of experiment and quantitative theory.
The Graduate School seeks to prepare young life scientists for the emerging era of quantitative, systems-oriented bioscience. It provides an innovative, international Ph.D. training program that bridges the divide between traditionally separate disciplines, from biochemistry and medicine to bioinformatics, experimental and theoretical biophysics, and applied mathematics.
While maintaining a strong command of their ‘home’ discipline, QBM students will become well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought and learn to communicate and work effectively with scientists from different backgrounds.
Key elements of the QBM program are:
- an interdisciplinary research project
- a substantial program of formal course work
- a multi-faceted mentoring and professional skills program
QBM is a joint initiative by leading scientists from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the Technical University Munich, the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry and the Helmholtz Center Munich.
QBM invites the application of MSc graduates from any relevant discipline (biochemistry, biophysics, (physical) chemistry, theoretical physics, mathematics, statistics, (bio)informatics) and any country who are interested in interdisciplinary research; we particularly encourage the application of women.
Please note that you must have completed your Master’s degree by the time you start the QBM program, but not necessarily at the time of application.
To qualify for the program, you need to complete your MSc degree with a certain minimum grade/score: within the German grading system, this is a score of 2.5; more generally, the minimum grade is the halfway point between the best possible grade that can be achieved at your University and the lowest passing grade.
Applicants have to submit:
- academic record (high school, Bachelor and Master’s certificates and transcripts)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- 2 brief essays – one describing the student’s prior research experience, the other describing the reasons for their interest in the QBM program and research goals
- an indication of their specific research interests
In your application, you can select up to four research groups you are interested in. For details about research areas and participating research groups, please see:
http://qbm.genzentrum.lmu.de/research/(link is external)
- Application opens: June 15, 2019
- Application deadline: August 15, 2019
- Reference deadline: August 21, 2019
- Notification of candidates: September 2019 (exact date TBA)
- Interviews: scheduled on an individual basis
- Program start: March 2020
Travel expenses and accommodation for the interview week will be covered by QBM.