Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Stephan Wagner

Complex Plant Traits (17 PhD student positions)

PhD position

The Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ), the University of Cologne and the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf invite applications for up to 17 three-year PhD student positions in the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on “Understanding complex plant traits using computational and evolutionary approaches” in Cologne and Düsseldorf, Germany.

The training includes regular seminars, yearly retreats, supervision by a thesis committee, and soft skill and practical courses on modern laboratory techniques.

The IMPRS is intended for highly motivated students with a strong training in plant molecular sciences. The constellation of participating institutions provides excellent conditions in the area of plant sciences with expertise in molecular plant genetics, plant biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics, computational genetics and mathematical modelling of biological processes.

The program is taught in English and open to students from all countries holding a Master’s degree or equivalent.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For detailed information about the application process and the doctoral program please visit the IMPRS homepage at
Please apply online. Applications by email will not be considered.
Deadline for applications is: 5 February 2018.

Posted: 9 Jan 2018.