PhD-Programme: Applications

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

The programme is highly selective and invites outstanding university graduates wishing to work towards a PhD in the fields of ageing and age-related diseases to become part of the vibrant and international research scene in the Cologne/Bonn area.


Our international and interdisciplinary faculty offers positions in the areas of cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, pharmacology, neuroscience medical biology, translated medicine or related fields. We invite applicants with a Master's or equivalent degree of the above mentioned or related fields. Applicants with a degree in medicine are equally welcome to apply provided they have sufficient relevant research experience. Furthermore, candidates require excellent written and spoken English skills (C1 level).

Selection procedure

Candidates are selected based on their academic qualifications, research accomplishments and motivation. After the online application, up to 40 candidates will be invited to our online panel interviews taking place in December and up to 25 candidates will be invited to our recruitment week taking place from February 6 - 10, 2023. If the recruitment week will take place onsite or online will be decided based on the development of the pandemic and communicated in due time. In case of an online recruitment week, admitted candidates will be offered individual visits to our partner institutes and host labs after the recruitment week. A PhD position can be started between July and October 2023. All accepted students will be enrolled through the University of Cologne.

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Application period

The application call for PhD projects starting between July and October 2024 will open on August 15, 2023. Further information about our program can be found in our FAQs.