Funded Opportunity for PhD Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany

Date limite : 12 janv. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

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Funded Opportunity for PhD Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany invites outstanding researchers of any nationality to apply for fully-funded PhD positions in Berlin for 2020. The MDC is situated at two locations in Berlin: the majority of infrastructure is located on Campus Berlin-Buch, a modern science and biotechnology park with a clear focus on biomedicine. Since April 2019, the laboratories and offices of the MDC-BIMSB are located in the new building on the campus of Humboldt-Universität in Berlin-Mitte.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicants are required to hold a university degree equivalent to a Master's Degree (MSc), including a research thesis in biology, biotechnology, medicine, molecular medicine, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or some related field.
  2. Applicants still studying should anticipate receiving their degree not later than 6 months after the interview date.
  3. Required MSc final grade is ≥75%, or German score of at least 'good' (<2,5 of 5).
  4. Applicants shall at the time of interview be in the first four years of their research careers (master degree obtained not later than 4 years ago) and should not have a doctoral degree already, according to the European Commission's definition of early-stage researchers.
  5. Language skills: Applicants need to have a good command of written and spoken English, while German language skills are not required. English proficiency tests for non-native speakers are recommended (such as TOEFL test with a score of 95+ (internet-based), 240+ (computer-based) or 587+ (paper-based), IELTS certificate with a band score 7.0+, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)), however, the language proficiency certificates are not a requirement for the application.
  6. Please note that candidates who have previously been invited for interviews, will not be considered for further interviews.
  7. In the application process, applicants have completed their university degree must upload a scanned copy of the certificate, as well as transcripts, including marked coursework from the university. Students still enrolled in their university program must upload a provisional certificate stating the already obtained examination marks.

Assessment Process:

The center has set up a multi-step recruitment process with the goal of identifying people with the right mix of skills, experience, and future potential. This involves an assessment of the application based on academic accomplishments and professional experience, presentations, structured interviews, and on-site visits. The communication policy aims to maintain an objective and fair hiring process for all applicants. Communication between candidates and institutes will be primarily by e-mail. The center acknowledges every submitted application immediately with an automatic e-mail response. During the hiring process, all successful applicants will receive notifications on the next steps via e-mail. In due course, candidates who have not been short-listed will be informed by email. Calls for PhD candidates open in Spring and Fall each year (usually around May for Fall recruitment, and in November for Spring recruitment).

Funding:

PhD researchers are fully funded through an initial 3-year employment contract with the MDC. Salaries are competitive to national standards, according to 65% TVöD 13 (monthly net payment of approximately 1600 EUR). Health and social insurance are included in the contract. In many cases, contracts are extended for an additional year. All PhD researchers are expected to complete their doctoral research and thesis in 4 years. The university tuition fees per semester are approximately 350 EUR and include public transportation ticket.

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