Job ID: 99606

Doctoral (PhD) Positions at International Max Planck Research School – Biological Intelligence

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 31 January 2023

City: Planegg (near Munich)

Country: Germany

Institution: International Max Planck Research School - Biological Intelligence

Department: IMPRS-BI


The International Max Planck Research School – Biological Intelligence (IMPRS-BI), with sites in Martinsried and Seewiesen, has an open call for fully-funded doctoral student positions in the fields of behavior, neurobiology, connectomics, ecology and evolutionary genetics.

We welcome outstanding graduates from around the world to join a community of passionate young scientists in the Munich area, one of Europe’s prominent science hubs.



The new IMPRS-BI offers first-rate training to doctoral students interested in the question of how nervous systems develop and have evolved to allow animals to pursue their goals, navigate their environment and employ behavioral strategies that are adapted to, and shape, their respective ecological niche.


  • An English-speaking, structured PhD program
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities
  • Individual supervision and mentoring
  • Full funding, with no tuition costs
  • Training in scientific, computational and transferable skills



Bringing together the newly founded Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence ( and two leading partner universities, the Ludwig Maximilians University and the Technical University Munich, IMPRS-BI is bridging related disciplines, including neuroscience, behavioral ecology and evolution, with the aim of unraveling the nature of biological intelligence.



We encourage highly qualified candidates with a strong commitment to basic research to apply.

Applicants should hold an MSc with a background in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, mathematics or related fields. Candidates with a BSc shall be considered for the fast-track program of GSN-LMU, our partner PhD program. It is not necessary to hold the final degree(s) at the time of the application. However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program (latest by 1st October, 2023).

For more information, eligibility criteria and online application please visit the IMPRS website.


IMPRS-BI is inclusive and openly welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Application is open. APPLY NOW! Closing date for application is January 31, 2023. Accepted candidates may start research projects between April 2023 and October 2023.