Apply to the International MDC PhD Program in Berlin

PhD students at the MDC


The MDC International PhD Program provides a framework of structured training for doctoral researchers in the areas of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Cancer Biology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Medical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, as well as Structural Biology, Imaging and Biophysics. It currently hosts over 380 PhD researchers, 40% of which are coming from abroad. PhD researchers are offered support on their PhD project through yearly committee meetings, in addition to a wide range of lectures and seminars, methods courses, transferable skills courses and career workshops suited to equip researchers for an international career in science. By joining the MDC International PhD Program, you have the option to enroll in one of our specialized research schools or exchange programs (see menu on the left-hand side). The MDC is situated in Campus Berlin-Buch, a modern science and biotechnology park with a clear focus on biomedicine.

 

Funding

PhD researchers are fully funded through an initial 3-year working contract with the MDC. In many cases contracts are extended for an additional year. All PhD researchers are expected to complete their doctoral research and thesis in 4 years. Salaries are competitive to national standards and there are no tuition fees.

 

Berlin

Berlin is a vibrant city located in the heart of Europe. As the capital of Germany, with a population of 3.4 million people, Berlin is Germany’s largest city. Berlin offers plenty of cultural opportunities that attract increasing numbers of visitors, making the city one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It boasts a lively scene with lots of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés. Densely urban areas co-exist with large green spaces, lakes and rivers all within the city's boundaries, offering a truly metropolitan lifestyle in an unusually pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

Spring 2018 Recruitment Round

Online registration will open October 01, 2017
Application deadline December 01, 2017
Invitation letters January 2018
Interview week in Berlin March 2018

 

Fall 2018 Recruitment Round

 

Online registration will open May 2018
Application deadline August 2018
Invitation letters September 2018
Interview week in Berlin October 2018


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.
 

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.

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

 

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Contact

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@mdc-berlin.de.

Application portal

Application portal

To access the portal please use the following web browsers:
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PhD at the MDC

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