International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology

November 16, 2020

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology is a close cooperation between the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz. Its aim is to provide first-class training and education for outstanding doctoral students from all over the world in a stimulating research environment. This competitive doctoral program provides its fellows with an excellent starting platform for a successful career in the fields of animal behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and neurobiology.

Our faculty is comprised of more than 40 leading researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz; our Doctoral fellows come from 37 different countries.

In addition to their own research, the IMPRS fellows attend laboratory courses and workshops in relevant transferable skills like scientific writing and project management. Talks by invited speakers during our annual IMPRS symposium, student retreats, and conference participations complement the individually tailored curriculum. Program details can be found on the event website.

In general, the doctorate should be completed within three to four years. The official teaching language is English. Furthemore German language classes are offered to our IMPRS fellows from abroad.

The IMPRS for Organismal Biology funds draw to an end in 2021. Therefore, during this year 2021, we will not host a selection symposium. However, after this period, the Institute of Ornithology and the Institute of Animal Behavior plan their separate IMPRS programs. New recruitment announcements will be made in due time for year 2022 for exciting new doctoral projects. 

Attention! We are still open for business, independently offered doctoral projects within the individual research departments are being announced at the moment with the direct supervisor(s), please follow the link(s) and apply accordingly:

1 Doc. position: Collective computation in large animal groups >more
1 Doc. position: Using immersive Virtual Reality (VR) to determine causal relationships in animal social networks >more
2 Doc. / Postdoc positions: Using immersive Virtual Reality to understand individual decision-making in insects and/or fish >more

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