15 PhD positions available for 2016 – International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology

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This announcement definitely deserves it’s own post! The International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology is offering up to 15 PhD positions and fellowships.

The graduate school is dedicated to highest level of research and training in all areas of contemporary Evolutionary Biology. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, the University of Kiel and the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR). The school offers an internationally competitive research environment with state of art facilities. The participating groups are working on a broad variety of scientific topics including molecular, behavioral, theoretical and organismal approaches. Some of the projects and PIs offering positions:

Miriam Liedvogel

  • Genomic architecture and evolution of migratory traits in songbirds
  • Ecological and genomic control of migration the partially migratory Eurasian blackbird

Frank Kempken

  • Use of fungal model systems to address evolutionary questions

The graduate program starts with a rotation period of three months followed by a PhD project of three years including seminars, courses and workshops. The language of the graduate school is English. Financial support is provided throughout the program.

To obtain further information about the PhD program and application details please visit:  http://www.evolbio.mpg.de/imprs.


Well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries are welcome to apply. A Master of Science degree or a Diploma as well as a strong interest in Evolutionary Biology and flexibility in the research project are prerequisites for entering the program.

The deadline for applications is April 17, 2016. The selection week will be held from June 27 – July 01 and the program itself starts on September 19, 2016.

Contact: Dr. Kerstin Mehnert, August-Thienemann-Str. 2, 24306 Plön, Germany

email: imprs@evolbio.mpg.de   phone: +49(0)4522 763 233


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