Deadline: 3rd of January, 2021

January 05, 2021

The new graduate program IMPRS for Biology And Computation (IMPRS-BAC) provides an education for students at the interface of molecular life sciences and computational sciences. This is based on perspective and supervision from both ends - experimental and computational - and suits students with degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, mathematics, bioinformatics or any related areas. If you have a passion for epigenetics, bioinformatics, developmental biology, mathematics, sequence analysis, gene regulation, RNA biology, mechanobiology, protein biochemistry, stem cells and differentiation, statistics, molecular evolution or biophysics and want to work at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics or the Freie Universität Berlin - this is the program for you! The application platform is now closed and applications are being evaluated.

Online Application

Our application platform was open until 3rd of January, 2021 (23:59 CET). For your online application please prepare

  • a letter of motivation
  • an indication of the groups at IMPRS-BAC you'd like to work with
  • a formal CV
  • your certificates (you should gain your degree before October 2021)
  • two reference letters
  • a research proposal (best based on the project proposals linked above)

Selection Round 1: Online Talks

You will be contacted by the 21st of January, 2021 as to whether we have longlisted your application.

As many of our applicants may be affected by travel restrictions to Germany this year, we are moving a large part of the selection and interviews into a virtual environment. Longlisted candidates will be expected to upload a pre-recorded talk about a scientific project they were involved in (by 27th of January, 2021), and will then take part in a video Q&A session about this talk and other aspects of their application between 3rd - 9th of February, 2021.

After this, a subset of candidates (shortlist) will be asked to attend Round 2 online.

Selection Round 2: Interviews

Update: Round 2 will take place online.

Invited students should be available online for two days (25th - 26th of February, 2021), where they will have the opportunity to virtually meet with their potential supervisors as well as their research groups. Prospective PhD students are also asked to discuss a journal article with a panel of PIs.


  • The application deadline is January 3rd.
  • You will find out if your application was longlisted by late January 2021, in which case a presentation needs to be uploaded (see above).
  • Online Q&A sessions about your presentation will take place between February 3rd and 9th.
  • Selected candidates will receive invitations for online interviews to be held February 25th and 26th.
  • Successful applicants will receive an offer by the middle of March with two weeks to accept.
  • PhD studies may start between April 1st and November 1st (exceptions may be possible).

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