Announcing 20 PhD Positions in 2017

Applications are now open for our 20 fully-funded PhD Positions that we will offer in 2017. The IMPRS-CellDevoSys is a 4-year PhD Program involving 3 renowned international institutes: the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Center of Systems Biology Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. If you or someone you know would be interested in conducting world-class research under top conditions in one of Germany's most lovely cities, spread the word!

We are looking for innovative and independent minds to fill 20 fully-funded PhD positions. With pioneering scientific research, our PhD program is tailored for those who aim high, are willing to take risks, and enjoy a rapid pace. In our elite program, creativity and collaboration count.   

We follow a unique approach merging biology, physics, and computer science to research questions concerning living systems, particularly: How do cells form tissues and organisms? The answer is explored by creatively combining experimental and theoretical approaches, spanning scales from molecules to organisms, and continuously developing new angles and approaches.


Excitement: Our researchers conduct research with enthusiasm and cutting-edge resources at their fingertips. We believe that open doors and a community spirit are key to vital collaboration. Our support structure is unparalleled, offering the latest technologies, with approachable experts always at hand.

Mentoring: Dedicated mentors help you to navigate toward independence and success. Our graduates regularly publish in high impact journals. About 80% move on to Postdoc positions worldwide and nearly 40% develop into leading roles in science within 10 years of graduation.

Community: Our PhD students become part of a supportive and friendly community, within our institute and in the broader global network. To that end, we offer supplementary training in communication skills and career development. Beyond our scientific common ground, we also value fun recreational activities, building relationships and forming life-long connections.

Financial security: PhD students receive a paid contract as well as health insurance and other benefits, with no tuition costs and low cost of living. The approximate net income per month is EUR 1,450.

For more information, visit our website at or apply now.


2020 PhD Positions

Interview week

at MPI-CBG in Dresden:

27–31 January 2020