Apply now: PhD positions in the life and natural sciences

The CiM-IMPRS Graduate School offers 16 positions to pursue PhD projects in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the application of novel biophysical approaches and the generation of mathematical models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and chemical compounds.


Finding and understanding JAILs

Hold tight: JAILS are special cell protruberances which connect endothelial cells with one another and which are important for wounds healing. In a CiM-funded project, mathematicians and chemists are developing an automatic analytical tool designed to reveal some of the mysteries of JAILs.


Improving the methods of 4D-imaging

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“Four-dimensional imaging” is becoming increasingly important for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases. A new joint project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Science now aims to improve the methods of “4D-imaging”. Project coordinator is Prof. Martin Burger, a group leader at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.


Excellent minds from all over the world

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Promising young researchers begin their careers in the international Graduate School of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence and at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. Two of them are Jyoti Rao from India and Mitchell Duffy from the USA.

Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence (CiM)

More than 90 research groups from five faculties at the University of Münster and from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine, are integrated in the Cluster of Excellence. Researchers from the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and pharmacy, mathematics and computer science, and physics work together to comprehensively investigate cellular behaviour in organisms.

CiM was awarded 33 million euros funding for 5 years. Since 2012, these funds have permitted recruitment of seven new professorships and three new junior research groups, and the establishment of the CiM-IMPRS Graduate School. CiM has been instrumental for the instigation of a unique master's degree course in Experimental Medicine and researchers have undertaken interdisciplinary work in 70 CiM-funded projects.

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Science for the Public

Researchers working at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence want to share their fascination with the public and pass on their knowledge in a way that everyone can understand. They do this in the form of events, through multimedia online content and in dialogue with the media.

Dynamic Cells – Dynamic Research

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We will be happy to send you a free copy of the brochure "Cells in Motion – Dynamic Research in the Cluster of Excellence" by post. It gives an overview of CiM's aims and activities and the achievements since the commencement of funding. CiM researchers tell their own personal stories and report on the interactions and projects made possible by CiM. Of course, you will also find all the content here on our website.