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Welcome to the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMPRS-MCB) – a joint international PhD program of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics and the University of Freiburg. The research carried out at IMPRS-MCB focuses on diverse questions in the fields of:


If you have a passion for molecular and cellular biology, if you are interested in being a part of cutting edge research and working towards a PhD on exciting projects in an international environment – you are the person we are looking for.

Program Overview:

The International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMPRS-MCB) was established in 2006 as a joint initiative of scientists from the University of Freiburg and the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics. We offer talented students excellent training opportunities in the fields of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Epigenetics and Immunobiology. This scientific education in a first class environment supports their development into outstanding young researchers.

The IMPRS-MCB program is managed by the IMPRS office in collaboration with the two IMPRS Spokespersons and the members of the Graduate Committee. We currently have 50 students from 24 countries, and 20 faculty members (18 from MPI-IE and 2 from the University of Freiburg). We are also very proud of our growing Alumni group, which by now comprises 59 graduates.

One of the distinctive aspects of our program is a rotation period.  Students spend one month each in three different laboratories before starting their PhD project. This is an important step towards identifying a suitable laboratory for their PhD thesis, as it allows them to experience three distinct lab environments and provides further insight into particular research topics.  The rotations are also a chance for group leaders to ascertain which student will be the best fit for their groups.  Finally, this rotation phase enhances communication and networking within the Institute.

How to Apply:

Please note that you need to have both a BSc and MSc or equivalent (usually 5 years of university studies) to be eligible to join our program.


We welcome applications of outstanding and highly motivated students with a passion for science.

Formal requirement: Applicants have to hold an MSc/Diploma in Biology/ Biomedicine/ Biochemistry/ Bioinformatics or related subject (to be obtained latest 6 months after the application deadline).

The official language of the programme is English, and knowledge of German is not required to apply to IMPRS-MCB.


Application procedure:

Applications can be submitted via our online application tool only which is open during selection times.
You can apply to IMPRS-MCB using our online application tool which is open only during application times. To start the application procedure please register here. Once you create your account, the application tool will send a confirmation email to the address you provided. Please follow the instructions given, fill in all the necessary information and upload required documents (pdf or jpeg format). You can repeatedly log in and out and make changes to your application. Don’t forget to press SUBMIT once your application is ready! We strongly recommend you to submit as early as possible. Submitting early will give us more time to carefully check your application and contact you if we have any questions. After submitting, you cannot make any changes to your application anymore, but you can log in to check if your references have arrived, and if your application has been marked as complete.

Admission process:

Admission to IMPRS-MCB is highly competitive and carried out through a centralized selection procedure, divided into two steps: Evaluation of application and Interview Days in Freiburg.


Important Links:

  1. Program Overview
  2. Ph.D. at IMPRS-MCB
  3. How to Apply

Application Deadline – 20th March 2017

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