International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology (IMPRS EvolBio)

International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology (IMPRS EvolBio)

IMPRS EvolBio is an international graduate school dedicated to highest level research and training in all areas of contemporary evolutionary biology.

The International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology (IMPRS EvolBio) was founded in 2010 and is a joint initiative between the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research. IMPRS EvolBio comprises more than 30 faculty and 50 PhD students. Current students originate from more than 25 countries.

As a graduate school, IMPRS EvolBio offers a PhD program that delivers outstanding opportunities for young scientists. It provides an internationally competitive research environment with state of the art facilities. Participating groups work on a broad variety of scientific topics including molecular evolution, experimental evolution, behavioural ecology, ecological / evolutionary genetics, theoretical and mathematical biology, and major evolutionary transitions.

The program includes a rotation period followed by a PhD project of three years. The students are mentored by their principal investigator and an individual thesis advisory committee. Training includes seminars, courses (including soft-skill courses), workshops, an annual retreat, opportunities to attend international meetings and visit collaborating laboratories. Financial support is provided throughout the program. The language of the graduate school is English. German language courses for beginners are offered to foreign students.

Positions are advertised at the beginning of each year, the program starts in September.

Applications for 2022 are now open. If you are a motivated, career-minded, and curiosity-driven individual with a passion for evolutionary biology, then we would be delighted to hear from you. The application process is described here. The deadline is 8 February 2022. 

The Max Planck Society, Kiel University and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research are equal opportunity employers.

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