The MDC Graduate School has been established in cooperation with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), the Freie Universität Berlin (FU), and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin medical faculty. It 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 and currently hosts over 350 PhD researchers. Doctoral researchers are automatically enrolled with the MDC Graduate School and have access to the complete scientific and professional development program offered. Depending on the affiliation of the group leader and the topic of the dissertation project, students can in addition be associated with one of our Research Schools or Exchange Programs.


Spanning all research areas of the center, the MDC Graduate School offers interdisciplinary scientific and soft skills training on campus open to all students. The School provides central infrastructure relating to student matters, including general administration, student representation, university interface, recruitment etc.

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The MDC-NYU Exchange Program is a joint endeavor between the Berlin Insitute for Medical Systems Biology (MDC) and the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (NYU) and provides doctoral training with up to four year funded positions and travel allowance. Training is based on our major spectrum of medical systems biology research and technologies. PhD students carry out joint research projects of partner labs in New York and Berlin. 

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The International Helmholtz Research School "Translational Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine" (TransCard) trains doctoral students in basic and clinical research targeting the molecular basis of cardiovascular and metabolic disease with the goal to translate mechanistic insights into improved patient care. The curriculum includes a lecture and seminar series with corresponding E-learning, local and international workshops, and a clinical visits program.

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The German-Israeli Helmholtz Research School "Frontiers in Cell Signaling and Gene Regulation" (SignGene) builds on an exceptional network of scientists within the areas of cell signaling, gene regulation, and quantitative biology. The program features joint training activities with our partners at the Technion in Haifa and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, dual mentorship, and exchange with a partner laboratory abroad.

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The aim of the International Helmholtz Research School "Molecular Neurobiology" (MolNeuro) is to provide state-of-the-art training for young neuroscientists with the goal to elucidate the molecular basis of neurobiological processes. The MolNeuro curriculum consists of a lecture series covering basic and advanced concepts of neurobiology, a journal club, and complementary tranining courses. 

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The MDC Graduate School cooperates with several research networks offering training for doctoral students in Berlin, covering MDC research areas: 










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PhD at the MDC
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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.