PhD-Programme: Applications

We offer an international research environment characterised by excellence in ageing research, excellent supervision, early independence in research and state-of-the-art facilities. We are committed to providing first-class conditions for young scientists in an innovative and inspiring environment. Our competitive PhD programme provides a world-class platform for a successful career in science.

The programme is highly selective and invites outstanding university graduates who wish to pursue a PhD in the field of ageing and age-related diseases to become part of the vibrant and international research scene in Cologne.


Our international and interdisciplinary faculty offers positions in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, pharmacology, neuroscience, medical biology, translational medicine or related fields. If you would like to get an idea of the current projects on offer before applying, you can do so here. We invite applicants with a Master's degree or equivalent in the above or related fields. Applicants with a medical degree are also welcome to apply, provided they have sufficient relevant research experience. Excellent written and spoken English (C1 level) is also required. If possible, please provide a language test on the application platform to demonstrate your English language skills. However, it is not compulsory to provide a language test certificate and you may instead provide a written statement explaining why you believe you are fluent in English.

Selection procedure

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic qualifications, research achievements and motivation. Following the online application, up to 42 candidates will be invited to our online panel interviews in December 2024 and up to 25 candidates will be invited to our recruitment week in Cologne from February 17-21, 2025. A PhD position may start between July and October 2025. All accepted students will be enrolled through the University of Cologne.

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Application period

The call for applications for PhD projects starting between July and October 2024 closed on November 6, 2023. Applications for classes starting in 2025 will be possible from August 12, 2024. Details on the application process can be found above in the download section! For more information about our programme, please see our FAQs.