PhD Positions at IMPRS "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"

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The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques” in Jena, Germany, invites applications for 5 PhD positions in Molecular and Chemical Ecology and Evolution beginning in September 2021 – January 2022.

The overarching research topic is the use of molecular, chemical and neurobiological techniques to experimentally explore ecological interactions under natural conditions. The main focus is on the relationship between plants, microbes and herbivores, and their environment, as well as the evolutionary and behavioural consequences of these interactions. They offer 5 exciting projects focusing on different organisms and approaches. The complete list of projects offered including project descriptions is available on their website.

They are looking for enthusiastic PhD students with strong interests in the above-described central topic. Applicants should have or be about to obtain a Masters or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: entomology, neurobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, and mathematics and computer science. All of their projects are highly integrative and require the willingness to closely collaborate with researchers of different backgrounds.

The Research School is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the Friedrich Schiller University. They offer state-of-the art equipment, an excellent research environment, supervision by a thesis committee and a structured training program including scientific courses, training in transferable and outreach skills and participation in research symposia. Successful candidates will receive a Max Planck support contract. There are no tuition fees and the working language is English.

More Information

For detailed information on the IMPRS, projects offered and application requirements, please visit their website:

Please apply online from 24 March 2021 at:

Application deadline: May 14, 2021.

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