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International Helmholtz Research School
of Biophysics and Soft Matter

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  • The International Helmholtz Research School BioSoft offers three-year PhD projects and financial support.
  • The Research School is open to highly-qualified and motivated applicants from all over the world.
  • Applicants should hold a Master's degree in biology, chemistry, physics or related subjects.
  • The Research School is committed to an equal opportunity policy. We welcome and encourage the application of qualified female candidates. 

Forschungszentrum Jülich, caesar Bonn, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, University of Cologne, and RWTH Aachen University offer projects for a PhD thesis.  

Our application form for the pre-selection is quick and easy to fill in! You can send it off to us in ten minutes, although it will take you a longer if you decide to write us a short letter of motivation, explaining why you are applying to IHRS BioSoft in general and your specific group(s) in particular.

We process applications on the first Wednesday of each month. Application documents that are complete on these dates will be forwarded to IHRS BioSoft faculty members for review. Please expect to be notifed about the result of the review process in the second or third week of the month when your application documents are considered; if you have not received an answer by the end of this month, please contact the coordinator's office about the status of the review process. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview with faculty members.

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