lundi 23 novembre 2015

PhD postions

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology offers several fully funded PhD positions. The IMPRS is based in southern Germany and is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen and Radolfzell and the University of Konstanz. The aim of the IMPRS is to provide first-class training and education for outstanding doctoral students from all over the world in a stimulating research environment. The competitive doctoral program provides its fellows with an excellent starting platform for a successful career in the fields of animal behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and neurobiology.
For 2016, the IMPRS offers the following PhD projects:
·         The Anseriform Genome Project: Comparative Genomics of Waterfowl (Robert Kraus, Inge Müller, Martin Wikelski, MPIO Radolfzell)
·         Collective behaviours and social structure in animal populations (Damien Farine, MPIO Radolfzell / University Konstanz)
·         Molecular mechanisms of the repeated evolution of adaptive color patterns in cichlid fishes (Axel Meyer + Claudius Kratochwil, University of Konstanz)
·         The evolution of avian sweet taste perception (Maude Baldwin, MPIO Seewiesen)
·         Bird Behavioural Ecology (Wolfgang Forstmeier, Mihai Valcu, Bart Kempenaers, MPIO Seewiesen)
·         Avian Evolutionary Genetics (Wolfgang Forstmeier, Jakob Mueller, MPIO Seewiesen)
·         Collective Animal Behaviour (Iain Couzin, MPIO Radolfzell / University Konstanz)
·         Two open PhD positions for own proposal elaboration within Organismal Biology (Advisor to be contacted with an own research proposal)
For a list of all available PhD projects visit
Our Offer:
All students accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts. The program offers a dedicated teaching program, high quality research experience, and outstanding research facilities in an inspiring research and living environment. The working language is English. Each PhD student receives individual supervision and mentoring and is guided in her/his research work by a PhD advisory committee. The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are equal opportunity employers.
Your application:
Outstanding students of all nationalities with a deep commitment to basic research in Organismal Biology are invited to apply. Deadline for the application is January 15, 2016. Interviews with the applicants are scheduled for March 13-16, 2016. Candidates accepted into the program may start latest September 2016. For the online application process visit
Qualification: Applicants should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in biology or a related discipline at the point of enrollment, and need to be fluent in written and spoken English.
Queries should be mailed to the program office:
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