Welcome to the Graduate School Life Science Munich: From Molecules to Systems:

The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), founded in 2009, offers an international doctoral programme in life sciences covering areas of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systematics and Zoology to outstanding motivated and qualified researchers. The programme is taught entirely in English and provides comprehensive scientific training in one of Europe’s top ranking universities. The members of the Graduate School are part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). The faculties are ranked among the top biology and biochemistry educational institutions in Germany.

The research training on a specific project will be supplemented by seminars, retreats, methods courses, training in transferable skills and participation at least in one international conference. The doctoral programme is open for students that hold either a Master or Diploma degree or, in exceptional cases, a 4-year Bachelor degree. Successful students of the graduate school will be awarded a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) by the LMU after 3 to 4 years. Candidates need to prove a strong qualitative background as well as interest and ability to conduct independent research.

More than 39 research groups, internationally recognized for their innovative research approaches and technologies, form the core faculty of the Graduate School. Using state of the art approaches, these groups aim to answer essential questions relevant to basic and applied biological and biochemical research. Within their own research group or in collaboration with a specialized research group on campus, LSM doctorates are given the opportunity to learn and command a variety of techniques. Thus, the doctoral students at the LSM are provided with thorough training in advanced methods in life science.

The purpose of the programme is to teach not only the technical expertise necessary for success in research, but also to impart skills that are indispensable for every thoughtful and responsible scientist. The latter include the ability to communicate in simple language, and a willingness to engage with bio-ethical issues and participate in the public discourses they may provoke. Additionally, in-house German language courses including intercultural aspects are offered for foreign students to facilitate integration. Successful students complete their graduate studies after approximately three to four years and are awarded their doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) by LMU.

Open Doctoral Positions 2022:

With over 50 research groups from the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Medicine, the Veterinary Medicine Faculty, and the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) München, the LSM in its prominent location within the HighTechCampus in Martinsried south of Munich contributes to the enormous possibilities for support, interdisciplinarity and constant scientific input from the surrounding laboratories.

Available research projects cover areas from Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Plant Sciences.

All LSM doctoral projects are financed by third-party funds of the supervisor. Therefore, the main decision on your application will be done by your potential new supervisor.

The DAAD-LSM and CSC-LSM doctoral projects are financed by DAAD and CSC-LMU, respectively. After matching with your potential new supervisor, the final decision on awarding the scholarship is made by the institute.

Have a look at the different types of open positions.

More info about the LSM faculty members´research could be viewed here


Note: Applications for 2022 Programme start on 01/10/2022

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