Doing your PhD, MA or BA thesis at our institute
The Institute is a major center for fundamental research in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Materials Science in the context of Biomedical Sciences. We welcome graduate students from all around the world and a wide variety of disciplines.
Students can work here for degrees from Heidelberg University, with which the institute is affiliated, or from other universities. Around 40 PhD students from many different countries and disciplines are currently working at the institute and will receive doctorates from one of the faculties at Heidelberg University (such as the Biosciences Faculty, the Chemistry Faculty or the Physics Faculty). These faculties have their own specific requirements, which students must fulfill.
PhD students at the institute do research work and write a thesis, under the supervision of a scientist who leads a research group in one of the institute’s departments. In addition to this research, the student should be enrolled in a graduate program, but this is not mandatory for all faculties. The institute has no graduate program of its own. PhD students at the institute join one of Heidelberg University’s graduate schools, such as the HBIGS (Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School) or others. Most of the group leaders are associated with one or more of these graduate schools. Joining a graduate school also makes you part of the Heidelberg life science community and gives you opportunities for scientific and social exchange outside of the institute.
If you are interested in doing a PhD at the Institute, read on the institute’s website about what the various research groups are working on. Then contact the group leader concerning a specific project, or the head of the department if it is a department-related project. An e-mail with attached CV and a short description of your interests and expertise will be enough for a first contact. Everything else will depend on the group leader’s decision. Feel free to contact the PhD representatives with any general questions about working at our institute.
If you are unsure about what area you are most interested in, you can also apply directly to one of the graduate schools. If you are accepted, you can then receive suggestions about suitable openings at our or other institutes.
The institute is also part of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Quantum Dynamics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK), Heidelberg University, the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (MPImF) (all in Heidelberg), and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research (GSI) in Darmstadt
Bachelor and Master Degrees
The Bachelor and Master degree programs at German universities currently require a period of practical research work. This work can be done at the MPI for Medical Research, but the degree awarded will be from the respective University in question. It is also possible to do an internship or a bachelor or master thesis at the institute.