Since 2003 the International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology (IMPRS-Mic) offers an international PhD programme with excellent research opportunities for outstanding young scientists from all over the world. The programme provides interdisciplinary training in modern microbiology, state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentoring by world class scientists. As an IMPRS student you will be given the freedom to embark on your scientific journey!
The school is a close collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology and the Philipps-Universität Marburg. Research projects can be undertaken in laboratories at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, the LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO), or the Philipps-Universität Marburg. The PhD will be awarded by the Philipps-Universität Marburg.
IMPRS-Mic offers a structured three-year PhD programme, which rests on three pillars:
The collaboration between the MPI, the Philipps-Universität, and the LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) affords you to find all the resources on campus that you need for your research. Here collaborations are not the exception - they are the rule!
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The IMPRS-Mic offers countless social activities, one of them being a biannual retreat to Austria. Our PhD student representatives are regularly organising social events, such as a monthly meet-up (Stammtisch) or a PhD student breakfast, so that you can meet your fellow PhD students. We celebrate cultural nights to share food and traditions from our home countries with our colleagues, and the MPI hosts a summer fest and a great Christmas party!
Marburg is a historic and lively University town in the heart of Germany. If you enjoy the outdoors, there are countless possibilities for activities in and around Marburg. Its location in the Frankfurt metropolitan area, which has Germany's biggest airport, makes it convenient to travel to and from Marburg.
To sum it up: Marburg is a lovely city to study and live, with the possibility to explore the world!
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