International Max Planck Research School for Molecules of Life (IMPRS-ML)

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IMPRS-ML - A Structured PhD Program for Future Leaders in Science

The International Max Planck Research School for Molecules of Life (IMPRS-ML) is a center of excellence for the training of doctoral researchers in the areas of biochemistry, structural biology, biophysics, cell biology, systems biology, and computational biology. We believe that true innovation thrives at the intersection of diverse fields. That is why our research school embraces an interdisciplinary approach, seamlessly integrating these different research areas. 

The IMPRS-ML is operated by the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) and works in close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence (MPI-BI), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Technische Unversität München (TUM). Our doctoral researchers are either based at the MPIB or they conduct their research at one of our partner universities. IMPRS-ML is proud to be working with the LMU and TUM, which consistently rank amongst Germany’s best universities.

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Our Network and Curriculum

Collaboration and community are at the heart of what we do. As such, the IMPRS-ML serves as a dynamic platform that fosters networking and scientific exchange as an integral part of our doctoral training. The research school provides high-level scientific training in a superb research environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive curriculum, equipping our doctoral researchers for the challenges of a professional career in the global landscape of academia, industry, or beyond.

The IMPRS-ML curriculum has five main components:

  • Interdisciplinary Lecture Series
  • IMPRS Seminar Symposium
  • Advanced Methods & Specialized Training
  • Transferable Skills & Career Development
  • Other Curricular Activities incl. IMPRS-ML Retreat

In addition, we offer our doctoral researchers:

  • Excellent career opportunities in a vibrant international research community.
  • A structured PhD program created by Munich-based Max Planck Institutes and Universities with English as the main language.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research projects.
  • Individual supervision and mentoring by world-leading scientists.
  • Full funding for international and German students, with no tuition fees and additional funding for scientific trainings and internships.

Our Research Areas

At IMPRS-ML, we are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our research groups focus on exploring the structure, function, and dynamics of biomolecules. They investigate how and where these molecules interact in biological systems to generate appropriate responses to environmental cues. 

More than 30 distinguished and internationally recognized group leaders actively participate in the PhD program and offer challenging and interdisciplinary research projects in the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Bio-imaging
  • Computational Biology
  • Gene Regulation
  • Immunobiology
  • Proteomics
  • Structural Biology
  • Signaling
  • Systems Biology 

Our People

With over 200 current doctoral researchers and 30+ faculty members, the IMPRS-ML is one of the largest International Max Planck Research Schools in Germany. Whilst the research school has expanded substantially in the last decade, we are committed to maintain a close relationship with our doctoral researchers and foster a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

©Magdalena Warner / Axel Griesch

The diversity of our PhD program, both in terms of people and research, is vital to our success as a leading research school: Ca. 50% of our doctoral researchers are from Germany, while the remaining 50% represent a diverse international cohort, spanning over 40 countries worldwide. 

IMPRS-ML works closely with our faculty members and collaborative partners to ensure that our program reflects our doctoral researchers’ needs. We work hard to foster an inclusive environment defined by flexibility and care, allowing our doctoral researchers to reach their full potential.

Our successful approach to doctoral training and program organization speaks volumes. Upon completing their studies, our doctoral researchers make a significant impact, contributing to an average of three publications. What's more, an impressive 20% have their work published as first or co-first authors in prestigious journals such as Nature, Science, or Cell.

Living in Munich

The cosmopolitan city of Munich is at the forefront of scientific research in Germany and, situated in the heart of Bavaria, uniquely combines traditions and history with great infrastructure of the modern city. Munich's vibrant and international atmosphere offers a myriad of cultural and entertainment opportunities, catering to every taste. Moreover, the city's breathtaking Alpine nature is just a short journey away, promising moments of serenity and inspiration.

Munich benefits from the presence of a large number of research institutes, two worldwide high-ranked universities and a plethora of non-university science-related establishments, alongside a vibrant biotech and pharmaceutical industry. As a result, Munich is not only an exceptional place to live in, but also serves as a bustling hub for research and fruitful collaboration, bridging academia and industry.

Want to join us?

If you are interested in conducting world-class research in a lively and dynamic environment, the IMPRS-ML PhD program is for you! Our program will be a unique and unforgettable experience and the fact that 95% of our doctoral researchers would recommend the program to others speaks for itself.

If you are talented, creative and enthusiastic about science, we would be delighted to welcome you to join us at the IMPRS-ML in Munich. The call for fully-funded PhD positions is open every year from September to the end of October.



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