Last update: 16.03.20 Due to the outbreak of the corona virus, the 2020 selection symposium has been cancelled. Interviews will have to take place through online conference calls. Please be patient if you are a candidate awaiting your interview. Due to the overload of having to move all day-to-day work of the institute onto such an online platform, it will take some time to get things running smoothly. We value your understanding on this matter and promise not to forget you!
For the current round 2020, we hope that successful applicants will be able to start their doctoral projects latest first week in October. This all will be confirmed, as soon as possible, following the recommendations of the Institutes and the situtation in Europe/Germany.
The IMPRS for Organismal Biology funds will terminate in 2021, August. Therefore, in 2021 there will not be a selection symposium. However, after this period, the Institute of Ornithology and the Institute of Animal Behavior plan their separate IMPRS programs. New recruitment announcements will be made in due time for 2022 for exciting new doctoral projects.
Please, before applying, carefully read our Application Instructions!
We welcome applications from all countries. Minimum requirements for applicants is a Master's or an equivalent degree level, and in very exceptional cases, graduates with a 4-year study program (BSc with honours) with a final written scientific thesis work in Biology or a related subject shall be considered. It is not necessary to hold the degree at the time of application. However, you must have been awarded your degree(s) prior to the start of the program. The quality of the degrees (i.e. eligibility) will be checked by University of Konstanz on a case-by-case basis. Those that do not fulfil the minimum requirements, may have to complete further course work, during their doctoral studies.
Candidates need to be fluent in written and spoken English and - unless native speakers - have to document their proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL). German is not required, but students from abroad will be offered opportunities to take German courses.
You can only apply via our three-tier electronical application portal. Please do not send any other type of application by regular mail or email as they will be rejected. The application must be completed in English only. On top of the online application form, we need several certificates to be included. Certificates that are not in English or German need to be translated. You need to upload all the required documents as one single pdf-file. Please give yourself enough time to submit your application and do not wait until the last moment as technical difficulties or other problems might occur. The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are equal opportunity employers.
- First, you have to register on the application website to start the process of your application, the portal website is only available during the application period.
- Once your registration was successful, you will receive an email with your personal registration code and two links. One link leads you to our online application form, the other is for your referees, to lead them to their online recommendation forms.
- Provide your referees with your personal registration code and the link to the online recommendation form. Make sure they realize that we can only consider your application, once they fill-out the recommendation forms and upload their recommendation letter(s) prior to our application deadline (January 15). A confirmation email shall automaticly be issued after each of your referees has submitted their recommendation letters.
- Assemble all required documents, scan them and convert them into one single PDF-file and name it LastName.FirstName.pdf.
- Carefully, fill-out the online application form, upload your PDF and press the start-button. You will receive an email confirming your upload.
- Once a complete application is received, including the recommendations, you shall receive an email by Mid-February, informing you on whether you have been shortlisted or not. Occasionally, there may be a scheduled telephone interview before invitation are sent. Please inform the coordinator if you require a visa to enter Germany (or Switzerland as the closes airport is Zürich).
- Successful candidates will be invited for the Selection Symposium, 24th to 27thof March 2020.
- We need certain documents that prove your specifications in your online application form. Documents that are not in English or German need to be completed with a translation.
- Your academic background is verified by certificates of relevant university examinations (e.g. BSc and MSc degrees), and a detailed record of study / transcript (a list of attended courses and – if applicable – corresponding grades). Please include an explanation of the grading system (Diploma supplement) from your university, since we get applications from all over the world but are not familiar with all the different university grading systems. German University grading system does not need to be explained.
- The official teaching language of the IMPRS for Organismal Biology is English. Therefore you need to prove that your English proficiency is sufficient for immediate commence with your research work. The best and most reliable way is an acceptable result in an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL). Nevertheless, a verifiable higher education in English, or a reasonably long stay in an English speaking country may also be sufficient. Either way, you need to prove your English skills by a third party.
- If you want to add further information relevant for the project and/or show your personal preferences, you are very welcome to upload an individual CV (max. 3 pages, no photograph please).
- Add further certificates that prove the given information in the application. However, please only provide documents which are of significance to support your application. Do not overload your application with certificates and documents of minor importance.
The applications are reviewed by all IMPRS for Organismal Biology faculty members. Based on their academic qualification, motivation, suitability for the program/project, and letters of recommendation. Shortlisted candidates are invited to the Selection Symposium.
During the Selection Symposium, the candidates are expected to present their most relevant research project and will have the opportunity to meet with IMPRS faculty and students. There will be time enough to discuss previous training and research experience, to evaluate future plans, and to learn more about the IMPRS program and ongoing research in the working groups. After the Selection Symposium, the IMPRS Board makes the selection of the best suitable candidates, based on the suggestions/evaluations of all IMPRS members.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the IMPRS.