GRK2338 Targets in Toxicology - Deciphering Therapeutic Targets in Lung Toxicology

The Research Training Group “Targets in Toxicology - Deciphering Therapeutic Targets in Lung Toxicology” is a structured PhD program which brings together thirteen research partners in the Munich region. Principal investigators from the LMU Munich, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technische Universität München, and the Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology have teamed up to acquire an in-depth mechanistic understanding of toxic lung injury and to develop the new concept of “precision toxicology” in acute and chronic toxic lung injury.

The Research Training Group will recruit highly talented graduates of life sciences or medicine, starting from September 2024. The structured PhD program (PhD in Medical Research) will implement specialized training in lung pathophysiology and the whole discipline of toxicology by an internationally renowned faculty.

The Research Training Group represents a truly international program and benefits from an excellent scientific environment and a state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Students will profit from tailor-made teaching curricula, international networking opportunities including an exchange program, and close mentorship while performing cutting edge research projects at the interface of basic and clinical science.

For information about the GRK 2338 including the project topics, please see

Online applications for doctoral positions are now being accepted until March 04, 2024. Please see below our anticipated timeline for the application and selection process.


In order to apply, you first need to register. To do so, enter your name, and choose a username. You will be sent a confirmation email to the address you have given, providing you with an activation link. After activating your account and filling in a password, you will be able to start your application for MMRS.

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Ideal candidates should hold (or be in the final stage of) a master’s degree or an equivalent first professional qualification degree in the Life Sciences (e.g. in Biology, (Bio)Chemistry, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, or Pharmacy) and be proficient in English.

The following documents should be submitted:

  • Curriculum Vitae including publication list (if applicable)

  • Letter of Motivation (in English) specifying the project(s) of interest, indicating your particular qualification and motivation for PhD studies, and summarizing your research interests, ideas, and expectations regarding your future professional career.

  • Last School Certificate (High School diploma)

  • Documentation for qualifying Academic Degrees (PDFs of transcripts, degree certificates)

  • Abstract of Master thesis or doctoral thesis (if applicable)

  • Proof of English proficiency, required levels are

    • EU level B2, or
    • IELTS score of 5 – 6.5 (5 is borderline between EU level B1 and B2), or
    • TOEFL score of 87 - 10

  • Other qualification certificates e.g. TOEFL (if applicable)
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of two referees (Deadline for referees is March 08, 2024.)
    You will need two letters of recommendation to support your application. Please contact potential referees as soon as possible for confirmation, that he/she will write a letter of recommendation for you. Then fill out the appropriate contact details under the tabs "Referee" and follow further instructions. Once authorized by you, the MMRS office will invite the referee to electronically submit his/her recommendation letter. Please note, that other forms of recommendation letters (mail, PDF) will not be accepted.

Disabled candidates are preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. Applications from women are encouraged.

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