Application Call

Currently we have three open PhD positions.

Application deadline is August 18, 2014. Interviews for fellowships will be held in September/October 2014. Fellowships will start in winter 2014.




Dr. Johanna Spandl

IMPRS Coordinator

Phone:+49 221 5062 124


International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS)


Beginning in 1999 the Max Planck Society initiated the implementation of so called International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) as a new way to cooperate with partner universities in Germany. The intention of this ambitious plan is threefold. On the one hand, it aims to intensify the collaboration between the Max Planck Institutes and university affiliated research groups. Secondly, the doctoral education should be improved and standardized by offering a structured programme. Thirdly, the IMPRS should contribute to an increased international recruitment of doctoral students. It seemed reasonable to combine scientific leadership and technical expertise on a local scale by jointly offering this new way to train promising scientists from around the world. The doctoral program provides a true interdisciplinary approach for highly motivated students to receive a Dr. rer. nat. degree and to participate in cutting edge research. Major changes and adjustments were necessary to put this idea into reality. First, because of the international character, teaching and practical training had to be offered in English to make the program attractive for foreign students. Second, the training should target a very specific area of research for which the existing faculty is internationally known. Third, the research schools are intended to represent centres of excellence. The IMPRS at the Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding Research together with the Universities of Cologne and Düsseldorf represent such a centre of excellence in the area of molecular plant science, and was formed in 2001. Currently, this IMPRS has about 40 doctoral students, where half come from countries outside of Germany. Admission is entirely linked to scientific merit and achievement.

There are about 90 doctoral students from about 25 different countries worldwide that currently study and research at the MPIPZ. They have chosen this place and the graduate program for their doctoral education because it offers:

  • a vibrant and lively scientific environment with state-of-the-art facilities and resources
  • top scientists that do research at the cutting edge of plant science as part of an international framework
  • a competitive salary and competent help with practically every issue you may encounter during your doctoral education
  • an active student community and a variety of social events
  • and all that in an attractive city in the heart of Europe

We are looking forward to receiving your application!


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