Spring 2017 Recruitment Round

Online registration will open


November 2016


Application deadline


January 10, 2017


Invitation letters


February 2017


Interview week in Berlin


March 2017


How to apply

1. Registration 

Please register at the APPLICATION PORTAL, there you will find detailed information about the application process, interview week, projects and details on the PhD program at the MDC. After successful registration you will receive a confirmation link via email that allows you to log in the portal.


To access the portal, please use one of the following web-browsers: 

Google Chrome > 40.0

Mozilla Firefox > 34.0

Safari > MacOSX 9.5

Internet Explorer > 10.0

2. Application

  • Login at the application portal 
  • Complete the sections education, training, motivation letter etc. All mandatory fields are marked.
  • Upload all required documents.
  • Add the names and addresses of 2 referees. As soon as you have entered contact details your referees will automatically receive a request for letter of recommendation. Please make sure that references arrive on time! You cannot change your referee once you have saved the contact. If there is a problem  contact us in time. References arriving after the deadline will not be processed and applications will be considered incomplete.
  • Don’t forget to submit your application once you have completed your sections. You don't have to wait for your reference letters to arrive for you to submit. After submission you won’t be able to edit  the sections, but you can check the status of your letters of recommendation. We will inform you within 5 weeks of the application deadline whether you are invited for interviews to Berlin.


Please note that although the application period is a busy time for the Graduate Office, we will do our best to answer your inquiries as soon as possible. Send your inquiries including your application number to phdmdc(at)mdc-berlin.de.


Important: Successful candidates must start their PhD project at the latest six months after the interviews.


Internal candidates

Currently there is no funding available for current and former interns and MSc. students of the MDC.


Application to the Int. PhD Program

To access the portal please use the following web-browsers
Google Chrome >40.0
Mozilla Firefox >34.0
Safari >MacOSX 9.5
Internet Explorer >10.0



PhD at the MDC
For more information, download the PhD booklet or the MDC Graduate School flyer.

eulife Consortium
The MDC is part of a new Alliance of european centers in life sciences to support and strengthen European research excellence. Check the website of eulife and jobs with the European partners.