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PhD positions | Evolutionary Biology



The International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology (IMPRS EvolBio) opens its 2021 search for outstanding PhD students.

IMPRS EvolBio is a joint initiative between the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research. As a graduate school, IMPRS EvolBio offers a PhD program that delivers outstanding opportunities for young scientists. It provides an internationally competitive research environment with state of the art facilities. Participating groups work on a broad variety of scientific topics including molecular evolution, experimental evolution, behavioural ecology, ecological/evolutionary genetics, theoretical and mathematical biology, and major evolutionary transitions.

The program includes a rotation period followed by a PhD project of three years. The students are mentored by their principal investigator and an individual thesis advisory committee. Training includes seminars, courses (including soft-skill courses), workshops, an annual retreat, opportunities to attend international meetings and visit collaborating laboratories. Financial
support is provided throughout the program. The language of the graduate school is English. German language courses for beginners are offered to foreign students.

Motivated, career-minded, and curiosity-driven individuals with a passion for evolutionary biology are welcome to submit their application from 18 February until 31 March 2021. The graduate program starts in September 2021.

For application details and further information about our PhD program go to

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Angela Donner
August-Thienemann-Str. 2, 24306 Plön, Germany
Phone: +49(0)4522 763 233

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