Joint PhD positions in Plant Science – Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme • Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology • Potsdam


Joint PhD positions in Plant Science – Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme • Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology • Potsdam

Open Positions 4
Time Span 01 Aug 2021 for 3 years
Application Deadline 31 Jan 2021
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD – Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Subjects Plant Science
Description The Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme (MelPoPP) is an initiative between the University of Melbourne (UoM), Australia, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP) and the University of Potsdam (UP), Germany. The programme creates an international research training opportunity for PhD students. MelPoPP students spend time in Australia and Germany and have the chance to get a joint PhD from the University of Melbourne and the University of Potsdam.

MelPoPP candidates apply for joint projects involving research groups in Melbourne and Potsdam. They are selected via an application and interview procedure that is integrated into the application call for the IMPRS “Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth” (IMPRS-PMPG) at the MPI-MP in Potsdam.

Candidates must hold an excellent or very good Master or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline. The MSc must include research for and writing of a graded thesis. For the 2020/2021 application round, you should expect to finish your degree and receive final degree certificates and transcripts no later than June 2021.

Candidates must meet the UoM English language requirements for Graduate students at the Faculty of Science.

The MPI-MP is one of the largest plant science research centres in Europe. The University of Potsdam ranks within the top 200 universities worldwide for the subject area “Life Sciences” (THE-WUR 2020). Both are embedded in a vibrant research community in Potsdam and are located close to Berlin, the multicultural capital of Germany. The University of Melbourne is Australia’s top university and among the leading universities in the world. It is located in an exciting city of arts, culture and sports.

More information about the application procedure, requirements and joint projects can be found on our Website at:

Last date for submitting applications via the online portal: 31 January, 2021.

Working Language
  • English
Language of Dissertation
  • English
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Others : Please consult our website for further application requirements & the online application portal.
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