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2 PhD positions in Biology, Medicine, or Philosophy (Germany)

The ´Münster Graduate School of Evolution´ (MGSE) offers 2 PhD positions funded by DAAD- stipends for international (non- German) students within the stimulating environment of the University of Münster, Germany.

As an interdisciplinary graduate school, the MGSE uses the unifying concept of evolution to bridge the faculties of biology, medicine, geosciences, mathematics, and philosophy. PhD students work on their diverse disciplinary projects in one of the involved institutes and benefit from interdisciplinary curricular activities as well as a structured supervision and support throughout their PhD.

The MGSE is based in the stimulating city of Münster in a historical building opposite the Münster castle and offers a family friendly and international atmosphere.
You can apply for one or several of the following six projects. Each project involves high-quality research and state-of-the-art techniques and is supervised by excellent researchers.

1) The genetic origin of novel protein coding genes in populations and their evolutionary constraints Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer (Research Group Evolutionary Bioinformatics), Prof. Matthias Löwe (Institute of Mathematical Statistics), Prof. Jürgen Gadau (School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University)
2) Immunogenic males: where sex and immunity meet Dr. Claudia Fricke (Research Group Evolution and Sexual Conflict), Dr. Sophie Armitage (Research Group Animal Evolutionary Ecology)
3) The Concept of Disease in Individualized Medicine Prof. Ulrich Krohs (Research Group Philosophy of Science and of Nature)
4) Interactions of animal personality, social environment and immunity Prof. Joachim Kurtz (Research Group Animal Evolutionary Ecology), Dr. Jörn Scharsack (Research Group Animal Evolutionary Ecology), Prof. Norbert Sachser (Department of Behavioural Biology)
5) Functional consequences of evolutionary conservation vs. variability in the influenza virus genome Prof. Stephan Ludwig (Institute of Molecular Virology)
6) Reconstruction of the ancient transcriptome of species Dr. Jürgen Schmitz (Institute of Experimental Pathology), Dr. Francesco Catania (Research Group Evolutionary Cell Biology)

For project descriptions please see:

The program beginns in 2015 for a duration of 36 Monate. English is the working language of the proram.

Highly qualified and motivated candidates all over the world are invited to submit their application.

– MSc (or an equivalent degree) relevant for the respective project (biology, medicine, mathematics, or philosophy). At the time of application, generally no more than six years should have passed since you gained the last degree.
– Excellent academic record, interest to work interdisciplinary, and motivation to actively participate in the structured PhD program of the MGSE.
– Fluency in spoken and written English (or willingness to take part in a respective course).
– Only international (non-German) applicants can be accepted. At the time of application you should not be living in Germany for more than 15 months.
– Applications from women are particularly encouraged. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Application procedure:
You can apply for one or several of the listed projects via the DAAD platform by 1.8.2014. If you want to apply for more than one of the projects, please submit an application for each project separately. From among the applicants, we will shortlist candidates for (Skype) interviews and subsequently nominate 4-8 applicants. From among the nominees, a DAAD committee will select the two scholarship recipients. In case of questions please contact:
Dr. Rebecca Schreiber (MGSE Coordinator)
Telephone: +49-(0)251 / 83-21252

Universität Münster
48149 Münster

Münster Graduate School of Evolution

Frau Dr. Rebecca Schreiber

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