International Max Planck Research School for
“Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology”
IMPRS – Overview, Participating Institutes
The International Max Planck Research School for "Environmental,
Cellular and Molecular Microbiology" is a graduate school leading to a
PhD degree. It is a close cooperation between the Max Planck Institute
for Terrestrial Microbiology Marburg and the Philipps University
Marburg. The school aims to provide an outstanding scientific training
in different areas of modern microbiology with the integration of
environmental, cellular and molecular aspects. Training extends from
soil microbiology to biogeochemistry, from microbial biochemistry to
molecular taxonomy, from fungal ecophysiology to human virology, from
genetics to cellular microbiology and from genomics to proteomics. The
general goal is to achieve a molecular understanding of cellular
processes that allow microbes to compete and survive in their natural
habitat, i. e. to find niches by establishing novel traits and vice
versa. We want to understand the mechanisms that allow these
adaptations, how microbes explore and become competitive in the
ecosystem. This ranges from aspects like transport processes across
membranes, how signals are perceived and transmitted to the interplay
between signals, gene expression and morphogenesis. The spectrum of
microorganisms represented includes viruses and bacteria, fungi and
archaea, protozoa and microalgae.
The three-years PhD program intends to interlink and broaden the subject matters of individual PhD theses via joint seminars, colloquia, workshops and courses. A goal is to further interactions knowing that the new is often discovered by interdisciplinary approaches. The program also takes into account that both specialization and broad knowledge are prerequisites for successful research as are the ability to work hard individually and to collaborate.
To ensure individual training on a high standard the number of participants is limited to ten students per year. Since the PhD program takes three years, in average 30 students will thus be members of the school. Students admitted to the school will be supported by three-year fellowships provided by the school and by the research groups in which the students do their PhD work.
To ensure internationality, about 50% of the students should be doctoral candidates from abroad. The school aims to attract young scientists with outstanding qualification from Germany and abroad with master or diploma degree. The official language of the school is English.
- Philipps University Marburg: Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine
- MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology: Department of Biogeochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Ecophysiology, Department of Organismic Interactions