Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM)

Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM)

The Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM) is offering PhD positions for students with a background in biochemistry, biology, bioinformatics, physics or applied math and an interest in conducting interdisciplinary research at the interface of experiment and quantitative theory. 

The Graduate School seeks to prepare young life scientists for the emerging era of quantitative, systems-oriented bioscience. It provides an innovative, international PhD training program that bridges the divide between traditionally separate disciplines, from biochemistry and medicine to bioinformatics, experimental and theoretical biophysics, and applied mathematics. While maintaining a strong command of their ‘home’ discipline, QBM students will become well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought and learn to communicate and work effectively with scientists from different backgrounds.

Key elements of the QBM program are:

  • an interdisciplinary research project jointly supervised by two PIs from different fields;
  • a substantial program of formal course work with a general and an individual component, centered around an interdisciplinary core course that covers key problems in bioscience from multiple perspectives;
  • a multi-facetted mentoring and professional skills program designed to promote students’ growth as independent scientists;

QBM is a joint initiative by leading scientists from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the Technical University Munich, the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry and the Helmholtz Center Munich. Research within the School encompasses the entire range of approaches brought to biological questions today, with a thematic focus on the problem of gene expression in all its facets.


For detailed information about our application requirements see:

Please note that you need to have a completed Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field prior to starting the PhD program. In exceptional circumstances, highly promising students with a Bachelor’s degree can qualify by passing an entrance exam; please contact us directly by email.

PhD research

In your application, you can select up to four research groups you are interested in. For details about research areas and participating research groups, please see:


  • Application opens: September 1, 2017
  • Application deadline: November 21, 2017 (12:00 noon CET)
  • Reference deadline: November 30, 2017
  • Notification of candidates: starting January 15, 2018
  • Interview week (shortlisted candidates only): February 26-March 2, 2017

Travel expenses and accommodation for the interview week will be covered by QBM.

For further information, please visit the FAQ page or contact the QBM administrative office.