On this page you will find information from our partners as well as useful links for doctoral research in Leipzig. Please note that not all information is available in English. Check the German page for more detailed information, including from the University’s individual faculties.

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Information on doctoral programmes from our cooperation partners

Graduate School „Leipzig School of Natural Sciences – Building with Molecules and Nano-objects” (BuildMoNa)

  • Contact person for general questions about your doctorateProf. Dr. Marius Grundmann (Speaker), Dr. Alexandra Hildebrand (Scientific Manager). The BuildMoNa team is happy to provide you with general information and answer further questions concerning the application procedure as well as support you regarding any challenges you encounter during your doctorate.
  • We collaborate with these external research institutions/institutions/partners: In addition to the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, the following research institutions are involved:
    • Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM)
    • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
    • Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS)
  • Our research profile/agenda: The Graduate School BuildMoNa concentrates on interdisciplinary graduate education in natural sciences through top-level, synergistic research with a thematic focus on building complex matter from molecules and nano-objects. The Graduate School’s central themes connect interdisciplinary, fundamental Research, the use and development of suitable, novel Methods, and interdisciplinary graduate Training. Our materials research concept is based on a “bottom-up” approach. In our Research, “hard” (synthetic molecules and crystalline nanostructures) and/or “soft” (polymers, biomolecules) building blocks will be directly connected or organized to complex structures by scaffolds to reveal new building principles and to produce new, desired materials with innovative applications. For the success of such research the development of novel Methods for building and characterization of new materials is essential. Recognizing the need for a new breed of interdisciplinary scientists the Training program aims at promoting interdisciplinary exchange in the natural sciences by high-quality education in material- and method-oriented subjects.
  • Current number of doctoral researchers at our graduate school: 63 doctoral researchers (20 percent international, 31 percent women)
  • The doctorate at our graduate school is ... addressing highly motivated and excellent applicants from around the world. The doctoral researchers will engage in top-level research and high-quality training that prepares them to meet the increasingly broad skill demands of important positions inside and outside academia.
  • Here is what BuildMoNa has to offer:

    • Generally, a 3.5-year doctoral program with a well-structured, interdisciplinary curriculum and excellent supervision.
    • Promotion of the training of scientific key competencies as well as the acquisition of soft skills and additional qualification.
    • English as working language for the internationality of the field of natural sciences.
    • Access to and integration into an excellent scientific and professional network to exchange and share ideas, progress and opinions.
    • Annual BuildMoNa Conference to present progress made in the individual research projects and to obtain direct feedback from an interdisciplinary audience.
    • Financial support for conferences/research stays as well as language courses.
    • BuildMoNa Awards for doctoral candidates for the recognition of outstanding scientific achievements.

Website of graduate school BuildMoNa

Gradue School HIGRADE (Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research)

Website of Graduate School Higrade

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Graduate School yDiv (Young Biodiversity Research Training Group)

  • Contact person for general questions about your doctorate: Dr Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz
  • We collaborate with these external research institutions/institutions/partners: iDiv is a DFG research centre run by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and Leipzig University (UL) – and in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). In  addition, the following non-university research institutions are cooperation partners of iDiv:
    • Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB)
    • Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
    • Senckenberg Natural Research Society (SGN)
    • Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH
    • Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BG)
    • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI-CE)
    • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA)
  • Our research profile/agenda: The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig has two missions:
    • Provide a scientific basis for the sustainable use of our planet’s biodiversity.
    • Develop a new research field: ‘Integrative Biodiversity Research’.
  • Current number of doctoral researchers at our graduate school: 74 yDiv Graduate School members, 51 percent international
  • The doctorate at our graduate school is ...  for young biodiversity researchers. Early-career scientists are key to developing ‘Integrative Biodiversity Research’. YDiv offers inter- and transdisciplinary biodiversity research training. Doctoral researchers also benefit from a broad range of qualification and support services like workshops, coaching and networking events. The goal is to offer excellent conditions and support to work on the PhD project as well as a career in or outside academia.

Website of Graduate School yDiv

  • Contact person for general questions about your doctorate: Matthias Bolz
  • We collaborate with these external research institutions/institutions/partners: Find more info on our website.
  • Current number of doctoral researchers at our graduate school: 30 doctoral research currently enrolled (50 percent international)
  • The doctorate at our graduate school is: The doctoral program at the Max Planck School of Cognition offers doctoral candidates a superior grasp of the different methods and approaches used in the rapidly evolving field of Cognition. The program consists of an orientation year (basic courses, lab rotations) followed by three years of research for the doctorate and is fully financed. The Max Planck School of Cognition invites applications from exceedingly bright students with strong academic experience in areas related to cognition such as artificial intelligence, biology, (cognitive) neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology, neuroimaging, neurology, neurophysics, philosophy, physics, psychiatry, and psychology.

Website of Max Planck School of Cognition

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