International PhD Program, Max F Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), Vienna Austria

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The Max F Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) are committed to provide a creative space for discoveries. Our research covers a wide range of the molecular biosciences, exploring life at a cellular, molecular and atomic level. All students and scientists benefit from excellent scientific facilities.

Our institute is characterized by a spirit of sharing ideas and resources. Currently, 150 PhD students from more than 40 nations work at the MFPL and create an open, interactive atmosphere. English is the official working language.

Course Requirements
The MFPL graduate course curriculum is designed to provide a foundation broad enough and deep enough to support thesis research across a wide spectrum of cutting edge problems in biology. Our curriculum consists of core courses as well as specialized courses organized in various formats that focus on different topics and/or methodologies relevant to modern biology. We strongly encourage students to attend courses in scientific writing and presentation. Your degree will be awarded either by the University of Vienna or the Medical University of Vienna, depending on the affiliation of your group leader. The minimum requirement for a PhD degree in terms of courses is 30 ECTS (credit points). Graduate training is coordinated by Dean’s Office (Graham Warren) and the directors of the Doctoral Programs. Currently, the Max F. Perutz Laboratories hosts three Doctoral Programs with a special research focus:

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Signaling
  • RNA Biology
  • Structure and Interaction of Biological Macromolecules

How to apply
The MFPL PhD Program is open to students who hold a Master’s degree in the biosciences, chemistry, or related fields, or students who expect to finish their master study before June 2012. Our selections take place twice a year (May and November).

Admission to the MFPL Graduate School is very competitive, and solely carried out through a centralized selection procedure. Please note that applications can only be accepted via the online application system within the announced application period. Late or incomplete applications are not considered.

Applicants from non-European countries are requested to submit a GRE® (Graduate Record Examinations) score. This will help us to evaluate your application more fairly. When applying, please submit a copy of your official record. Find out more about the GRE here:

We consider the following countries as “European countries”: European Union (27 countries;, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2011
Interview Days: November 28 – December 1, 2011

Evaluation of applications
The first evaluation is carried out by a committee of MFPL group leaders, who jointly shortlist the candidates to be invited for the Interview Days in Vienna. Invitations for the winter selection will be sent out by October 10, 2011.

Only applications submitted electronically via the Online Application System will be accepted. Applications submitted by fax, email or mail can not be considered.

The application consists of:

  • the filled-in online application form;
  • master certificates (if not yet available, upload transcripts of records or marksheets) and other supporting documents uploaded to the online application form;
  • two confidential recommendation letters to be submitted by the referees directly to us. Download the Guideline for Referees and forward it to your referees.

Only references provided through institutional email accounts will be accepted. In cases where the referee only holds a ‘hotmail’, ‘gmail’ etc. account, ask your referee to send a reference letter on institutional headed paper as a PDF document to positions(at) Note that we will not contact your referees – it is your responsibility to ensure that references reach us on time.

Your completed application form needs to be submitted before 30 September 2011, 23:59 CET (GMT + 1 hour).

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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