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Fully Funded PhD Positions in Life Sciences

Fully Funded PhD Positions in Life Sciences at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Fully Funded PhD Positions in Life Sciences




European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)


Heidelberg, Brandenburg (DE)


Commensurate with education and experience

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Closing date

03 April 2023




EMBL International PhD Programme – 2023 Summer Recruitment

Would you like to contribute your creativity to an international team of scientists from various disciplines focusing on basic research in the area of molecular life sciences?

Your role

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) invites you to apply for PhD positions in Heidelberg, Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Hinxton (near Cambridge) and Rome. The EMBL International PhD Programme (EIPP) provides comprehensive interdisciplinary training, maintaining a careful balance between theory and practice, close mentoring and creative freedom, collaborative teamwork and independence. These key characteristics make EIPP a role model, which has inspired similar programmes at research institutions throughout Europe and the World.

Find out more about the cutting-edge Research Topics investigated across our different Research Units.

You have

We welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds, such as in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering and Molecular Medicine. Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before starting at EMBL, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was obtained.

Why join us

EMBL provides PhD students with a starting platform for a successful career in science by fostering early independence and interdisciplinary research. The enriching encounter of different nationalities, the friendly and collaborative atmosphere, and the passion for science is what unites EMBL’s diverse staff and provides an ideal setting to forge long-lasting connections and make studying at EMBL a formative experience. Our PhD positions are fully funded and offer broad health care and pension benefits.

Full details on how to submit your online application are available here.

The deadline for submitting the application is 3 April 2023. Recruited candidates would start their work at EMBL latest by mid of October 2023.

EMBL is a signatory of DORA. Find out how we implement best practices in research assessment in our recruitment processes here.

For further information, please visit our web page or contact the EMBL Graduate Office