Application and selection

Open PhD positions

We offer several PhD student positions for highly motivated, talented students in the groups of Prof. Franze, Prof. Karow,  PD Dr. Mühle, Dr. Küspert and Dr. Beckervordersandforth. If you want to know more about the PIs and their reserach focus, please refer to their profiles in the section “faculty“. The positions will be available early 2021.

Participants will be intensively guided by an interdisciplinary team of experts in basic, clinical and translational neuroscience. The curriculum is tailored to train young researchers in innovative concepts and key scientific skills to prepare them for their career.

The general announcement as well as the announcements of Dr. Ruth Beckervordersandforth, Prof. Marisa Karow and Prof. Kristian Franze are as follows:


We are looking forward to your application! 

Salary grade: TVL-E13 / 65%


What we offer

  • a 3-year structured PhD program with interdisciplinary thesis research,
  • a vibrant, collaborative scientific environment,
  • supervision and mentorship by a team of internationally renowned experts,
  • State-of-the-art research facilities and
  • advanced training opportunities (scientific, skills, career) in English.

Who we look for:

  •  highly motivated applicants
  • with an excellent M.Sc. or equivalent degree in (neuro-)biology, biochemistry or related areas,
  • with a strong interest in basic and translational neurobiology and
  • team players who want to contribute their ideas to our interdisciplinary group.


How to apply:

A) Please submit as a single pdf file:

(1) Letter of motivation
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Transcript of Records
(4) Summary of Research Experience and Master Project
(5) List of publications (if available)
(6) Names of two potential supervisors (you can find all potential supervisors under “Faculty” and more details about their projects under “Research Projects“)

B) Two letters of reference:
to be sent directly by the referees to:; Subject: GRK2162-PhDstudent/YOUR NAME



MD thesis stipends

Are you a highly motivated medical student interested in performing your thesis in one of the GRK2162 labs?

Then find your favorite working group (faculty), ask for an open position and apply with your future supervisor for one of the 8 months stipends (861 EUR/month plus 103 EUR material costs).


How to apply

Please submit as a single pdf file via email to
(1) Letter of motivation
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Transcript of Records
(4) Project Description (approx. 1p)
(5) List of publications (if available)

There will be an interview after the pre-selection process.



MD rotation position

Clinician scientists are essential for translational and clinical research. The GRK aims to integrate physicians with research experience and a strong interest in translational neuroscience by offering them the opportunity to conduct full time research under the mentorship of an GRK faculty member. The rotation positions will allow the physicians to work full time for 6 months in a GRK laboratory. The affiliated clinical department is requested to match the funding so that  the physicians will have the opportunity to pursue full-time research for 12-months.


How to apply

Please submit as a single pdf file via email to
(1) Letter of motivation
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Transcript of Records
(4) Research proposal (approx. 1p)
(5) Precise working plan for the funding period
(6) List of publications and third-party funding

There will be an interview after the pre-selection process by the steering committee and the head of the hosting GRK  laboratory.