What we are. What we offer.

The program is jointly run by the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine. The CiM Graduate School of the Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre and the International Max Planck Research School - Molecular Biomedicine were merged to form one graduate program.

The Ph.D. program offers cutting edge science and teaching in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences with a strong emphasis on Imaging. Although the focus of the program lies on biomedical research, there is also a strong demand for graduates of computer sciences, mathematics, chemistry and physics to work on new ways of image acquisition and analysis as well as on novel labeling methods.

We offer outstanding research in high-profile laboratories as well as excellent scientific and "soft-skill" training aimed to strengthen the PhD students' competences for their future careers. Each year up to 16 PhD students will receive fellowships (tax-free) or work contracts (for more details go to Application). More PhD positions financed by work contracts may be offered depending on availability. There are no tuition fees.
We offer support with visas, accommodation and administrative matters.

You can find more general information on CiM-IMPRS here:

For more information on our projects and training program visit the respective pages: 

CiM-IMPRS is open for highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality. We also encourage students who have obtained a Master's degree at Münster University to apply for a CiM-IMPRS fellowship.

We are looking forward to your application for a PhD fellowship in Münster, "the world's most liveable city" (LivCom Award 2004).

CiM and IMPRS-MBM are supported by (alphabetical listed): Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Max Planck Society, University of Münster.


People & Support

A total of approximately 100 PhD students from across the globe is currently being educated at the CiM-IMPRS Graduate School. They are supervised by high-profile research groups from five faculties at the University of Münster and from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine. Each year up to 16 new students receive one of the sought-after places. The CiM-IMPRS coordinating team offers support with visas, accommodation and administrative matters.

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Living in Münster

Münster, "The World's Most Liveable City 2004" is buzzing with culture and is characterized by its historic city center as well as a strong influence of academic life with almost 50,000 students. It is Germany's capital of bicycles, and a variety of parks and the Aasee lake area invite for walks and jogging.