Helmholtz Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience

Call for Applications

The Call for Applications 2017 is closed.

General information

PhD program of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience

The Helmholtz Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience offers outstanding interdisciplinary training in fundamental and application-oriented research in the field of macromolecular and biomaterial science. The PhD program focuses on the development of multifunctional, polymer-based materials for applications in regenerative medicine and the tailoring of material functions to the requirements of a specific application.

PhD candidates benefit from the wide range of expertise and the high-end resources of the partner institutions, providing a unique synergetic education and allowing for frontier research. The PhD curriculum comprises a broad variety of courses, lectures, and workshops enabling students to gain substantial knowledge in the main research areas and introducing them to new technologies.

The PhD program is structured according to international quality standards, individually chosen mentoring committees and professional training in non-scientific key skills preparing the candidates for a career in science, academia, and beyond. The Graduate School provides a regularly attended coordination office supporting the PhD students. The program’s primary language is English.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in natural science or engineering in the following preferred fields:

  • mechanical and/or biological engineering
  • organic and/or macromolecular chemistry
  • molecular and/or cell biology
  • pharmacy and/or physics

Please note:

Successful candidates must start their PhD project at the latest six months after the application.

You can apply for a

  • Macromolecular Bioscience Membership
  • Macromolecular Bioscience Scholarship (including Macromolecular Bioscience Membership)

The Macromolecular Bioscience Scholarship in total amounts to:

- Basic monthly payment of up to 1.365 Euro
- Material- and travel expenses per month of 103 Euro

Decisions about the awarding of a Macromolecular Bioscience Membership or Scholarship will be made by the Macromolecular Bioscience steering committee at the beginning of February 2016.

Application requirements

Please address your application for both the Macromolecular Bioscience Membership and the Macromolecular BioscienceScholarship to the Graduate School's coordination office listed below and include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation and research interests (in English)
  • Personal information/ CV (max. 1 page)
  • Master's certificate and transcript
  • Bachelor's certificate and transcript
  • A-level's/ Leaving certificate and transcript
  • Contact details of two referees
  • Publication list (if available)


If you have any questions concerning your application, transfer of credits, information on modules offers and module selection or any other concerns, please contact the coordination office.

Helmholtz Graduate School Contact

Prof. Dr. Nan Ma

Institute of Biomaterial Science
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Kantstr. 55, 14513 Teltow

E-mail contact

Further information

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht / Helmholtz Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience is an equal opportunities employer striving to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht near Hamburg and Berlin (in Teltow) conducts material and coastal research.
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