Application for a PhD Position at GRK1957

Formal Requirements:

To be eligible to apply, the candidate should have a research-based master's degree or equivalent passed with an above-average grade in Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Life Science, Nutrition & Biomedicine, Pharmacology or a related subject. If you are working on your master thesis at the time of application and expect to receive the master's degree later, you can still apply - please state the expected graduation date in your motivation letter, upload the transcript to date and write a short summary of your thesis. Besides, the candidate should be able to speak and write English fluently about the given research topic. Previous research experience in the field of neuroscience and/or obesity is of great advantage.

The complete application should include

  • a letter of motivation
  • a detailed CV
  • master's degree certificate AND transcript
  • a summary of the master thesis
  • bachelor's degree certificate AND transcript
  • two letters of recommendation (if you do not have the letters immediately available, please give us the contact details of two referees)

Documents issued in a language other than English or German must be translated into English AND certified by a public notary/German Consulate with an official seal. 

Applications that do not fulfill the formal requirements will not be processed.



Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 8:00 am, CET. Successful applicants will be invited to interview in Lübeck on the RECRUITMENT DAY (Tuesday, 3rd December 2019). We will cover the travel costs and provide hotel accommodation for the shortlisted applicants. Offers will be made in the following week. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we will only contact you if you have been shortlisted for an interview. If you have not heard from us by the second week of November 2019, you should assume you have not been shortlisted.

Note: If the shortlisted applicant received a master's degree from a higher education institution outside Germany, the applicant's documents will be reviewed by the MINT (Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Technology Section) Office for the equivalency to a German master's degree. This review process may take a few weeks.


May 2020. Earlier start date could be discussed with the PIs during the interview.

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Only fully completed forms will be accepted.

Application has been closed.