16 PhD positions available in Life and Natural Sciences

CiM-IMPRS is a joint graduate program of the International Max Planck Research School IMPRS-Molecular Biomedicine and the Graduate School of the Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre (CiM) at the University of Münster. The program is jointly run by the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine.

The Ph.D.program offers excellent research and teaching in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences with a strong emphasis on Imaging. The progam is open to graduates of the biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences and physics.

CiM-IMPRS is open for highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality. We also encourage students who have obtained a Master’s degree at Münster University to apply for a position.

Please note: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic we are open for applications. The interviews on 27-30 June will be done online.

Research Projects

There are 16 PhD positions in Life and Natural Sciences available. More PhD positions financed by work contracts may be offered depending on availability. Please apply to this graduate program only, if you find research projects that are of interest to you.

Application Schedule 2021

  • Application period: 10 February until 4 April 2021
  • Selection for Interviews: 28 April 2021
  • Interviews: 27-30 June 2021
  • Decision: 2 July 2021
  • Commencement of positions: 1 October 2021 (or earlier if desired)


Applicants must hold a Master's degree, or equivalent (e.g. German Diploma), in life or natural sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, pharmacy or related fields), in mathematics or computer sciences. Applicants with a state examination in pharmacy can be admitted to work on pharmaceutical/chemical projects. Medical students cannot be admitted. The date of award of the Master's (or diploma, state examination) degree must not be more than 4 years ago (i.e. 4 years before the above-mentioned application deadline).

Applications are also welcome, if the required degree has not yet been awarded by the time of application. However, it has to be awarded before positions commence in October.

Adequate English proficiency: Applicants who are not native English speakers should demonstrate an adequate competence of the English language by one of the following options: 1) acceptable results in an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or 2) proven higher education in English or 3) reasonably long stay in an English speaking country or 4) simply demonstrating your English language abilities during presentations and interviews in Münster. Please note: Although an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) is not required it is very important that you CAN communicate well enough in spoken and written English. Knowledge of the German language is not required.

Students from Münster are also welcome to apply. Please note: Students who are already working in a group of a CiM-IMPRS member (see list of members on this page under "Research and Groups") are eligible for a position only, if they will join a different CiM-IMPRS group for their PhD. If you have questions concerning this rule please contact us by e-mail cim-imprs.

The University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine are equal opportunity employers and are committed to increasing the proportion of female academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We are also committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Application Procedure 


  1. Write your application in English language (application form, short curriculum vitae (CV), transcripts and certificates). In your online application you name 1-3 potential CiM-IMPRS groups in which you would like to work.
  2.  Identify and inform 2 academic teachers/supervisors who can send reference letters (also see 4).
  3.  Submit your application (online). You will receive a registration code.
  4.  Ask the 2 referees to submit reference letters using the registration code.
  5.  We may ask you to have a Skype interview with us between 19 and 26 April 2021.
  6.  Interviews: obligatory, 3.5 days, online.


All submitted transcripts and certificates must be in English or German. Certified copies of documents are not mandatory at the time of submission. However, all relevant documents have to get certified upon acceptance to the program.

Your application will consist of 2 pdf files only. The first file will include application form and curriculum vitae (CV); the second will include transcripts, record of study and certificates. Please do not send zip-files. Further down you find information on how to create and combine pdf files.

We are unable to consider applications that are incomplete or do not fulfil the formal criteria described above.