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How to apply?

For application to one of the PhD projects (projects A01-D01), please use the Spemann Graduate school of Biology and Medicine (SGBM) application platform.  You first have to register here  to access the application form.

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Please make sure you select the „MeInBio“ radio button.

Once you have submitted this completed form, you will receive an email at the address provided with instructions on how to continue with the application.

Once you start filling out your application the information you have entered is saved automatically. If you stop entering data for too long the system will log you out. You will have to re-enter your login data to proceed with your application.

All information (scientific interests, letter of motivation, etc.) must be entered in English in the application form. The sections "letter of motivation" and  "scientific interests" are of specific interest for the selection procedure and should receive careful attention.

You need to state for which project you want to apply, but have the option to name other projects you would also be willing to join.

Please make sure to organize two reference letters. Download the form, fill in your SGBM number and forward the form to the referees. They should fill in the remaining information and send the form back directly to the address mentioned in the form.

Relevant documents can be uploaded. Please carefully select the documents you decide to upload and do not fill your application with unnecessary material! Final school leaving certificate (Abitur for German students) must be uploaded.

Upon submission of your application you will receive a confirmation e-mail listing all documents uploaded and indicating your registration number. If you do NOT receive such an e-mail, your application has NOT been submitted and you must check what went wrong.

For application to the Postdoc position (project D02), please send your application including CV, motivation letter, publication list, certificates and two reference letters as one pdf file to

Selection procedure
The PIs prescreen the complete applications and assemble a short list of candidates who will be invited for interviews in Freiburg. The interviews will be held end of July. Travel expenses for interviews are covered by MeInBio.
Each candidate has one individual interview (30 min/interview) in English with the principal investigator they applied to, as well as a tandem interview with 2 independent members of the selection committee (30 min.).
In addition, candidates present their previous research work to the selection committee.This is a 7-min presentation (blackboard, no Powerpoint) followed by a 5-min question round. Funding is awarded based on the results of the interviews and the presentation to the selection committee.

Documents you will need for the application:

2 reference letters (only use this form which will be sent to us directly by your referees)
motivation letter
description of research interest
description of Master thesis project
Master certificate
Description of Bachelor thesis
Bachelor certificate
Study grades
For Germans: Abiturzeugnis

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