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Our International PhD Programme (IPP) gives talented and enthusiastic students the opportunity to undertake PhD research at the cutting edge of modern biology. Projects within the Programme address key questions related to the overarching theme of Gene Regulation, Epigenetics & Genome Stability.


Important dates spring call 2017:

  • 26 – 28 June 2017: Interview Days at IMB

Important dates summer call 2017:

  • The summer call 2017 is open. Apply now!
  • 16 June 2017: Deadline for registration
  • 23 June 2017: Deadline for application
  • 18 – 20 September: Interview Days at IMB


The International PhD Programme includes groups at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz’s University Medical Centre (UMC). Those offering a position are listed below. Note that not all groups involved in the IPP offer a position every call.

The list below shows groups offering a PhD position in our summer call 2017.

By registering you express interest to apply, and you ask referees to send a reference letter to us. In the application form (the link is sent when you register) you select from all IPP groups up to 5 recruiting groups in your field of interest. Do not select groups which are not listed on this page.You can still modify or extend this selection if you are invited to our interview days and come to know the Group Leaders in person.

Please note that during April, additional Group Leaders will join this recruitment call. Therefore, please visit our website regularly to check for updates.

Epigenetics & Gene regulation

Group LeaderTopicInstitution
Vijay TiwariEpigenetic Regulation of Development and DiseaseIMB
Simon RumpelAuditory Perception and Memory in Neocortical CircuitsUMC

Computational biology & omics

Group LeaderTopicInstitution
Miguel AndradeComputational Biology and Data MiningJGU/IMB
Vijay TiwariEpigenetic Regulation of Development and DiseaseIMB



The IPP wants to attract the brightest minds from all over the world. We are looking for creative and ambitious students in the field of life sciences who are looking for challenging work at the cutting edge of science. Our student community currently consists of more than 100 PhD students from 23 different countries. Each call we receive more than 500 applications from students all over the world, for approximately 10 – 12 positions.

Working language

First criterion for eligibility is that you are fluent in English, which is our working language in the IPP.

Education and experience

You should have prior experience in a research environment and have, or be about to complete, a Master’s or equivalent degree (at least 4 years of university education).

Nationality: Applicants from all over the world can apply.

Application Process

1) Online registration

Register online to provide us with your contact details and the details of at least two referees. Referees should be senior scientists, such as group leaders or professors at a university or research institute. These referees should know you well.

Once you have completed the registration form, your nominated referees will receive a personalised link to the standard reference form and upload page. You will be notified by email when a reference letter is submitted.

We will not consider applications until 2 reference letters are received. Therefore, please ensure that you contact your referees in advance of registering to inform them of your intention to apply to the IPP, and to confirm that they are able to provide a reference by the specified deadline.

Information required for registration:

  • Personal data, including your address and contact details
  • Contact details of your referees

Please register here: REGISTRATION FORM

2) Online application form

Once you have registered, you will receive immediately a link to your personalised online application form by Email. You find this link at the end of a guideline how to apply. The application form will ask you to provide the information and documents listed below.

As the form cannot be saved, we strongly advise you to prepare the necessary information before you begin. Texts can then be pasted into the form as required. The application must be completed in English.

Information required for application (click here to download an example):

  • Details of your degrees (BSc, MSc)
  • Details of any other post-graduate degrees, awards, honours or distinctions (description with a maximum of 250 words)
  • Details on research stay abroad during studies (if any)
  • Details of past research experiences
  • A list of your publications (PubMed format, maximum of 300 words) and your conference contributions (title of presentation, date and location of the conference)
  • Which groups you are interested in working with; up to 5 may be selected. Please note: not all groups offer projects in every call!
  • A motivational statement describing your interest in the IPP and your chosen groups as well as your scientific goals (maximum of 300 words)

You will be asked to upload the following documents in PDF format:

  • Curriculum vitae (max size 3 MB)
  • A single file (max size 4 MB) containing:
    • University studies as far as completed (including certificates of qualification and transcripts of records)
    • English language test certificate (not mandatory, only if available)
    • High school certificate (if available)

If degree forms and records from your university or high school certificates are not available in English, we do not require authorised translations for this application. If you encounter any technical problems, please contact the IPP coordinator (email).

3) Interview days

About 20 – 25 shortlisted students will be invited to Mainz for interviews from 26 – 28 June 2017. The interviews will be held over 3 days and include presentations by the Group Leaders and the applicants as well as in-depth interviews in the group(s) you could imagine to work with. Costs for accommodation and travel (also intercontinental) are covered by the IPP.

You must register by 16 June and apply by 23 June 2017 24:00 CET in order to be considered for the summer call.

In order to apply please read the page “Projects Offered” and follow the guideline on “Registration & Application“. Please exclusively use our online application form.

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