Application

  • Institutes that participate in the International Helmholtz Research School BioSoft offer three-year Ph.D. projects with financial support.
  • The research school is open to highly-qualified and motivated applicants from all over the world.
  • Applicants should hold a master's degree in neuroscience, physics, chemistry, biology or related subjects.
  • We aim to increase the diversity in our institutes. The research school is committed to an equal opportunity policy.

Forschungszentrum Jülich, caesar Bonn, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, University of Cologne, and RWTH Aachen University offer projects for a Ph.D. thesis.  

We invite interested applicants to submit the cover letter, the completed application form , a curriculum vitae, and scans of your transcripts. Do not forget to motivate why you are applying to IHRS BioSoft in general and your specific group(s) in particular!

If you are an external applicant, your documents will be forwarded to our faculty for review. At this stage of the selection process, we may already contact the colleagues that you specified in the application form for recommendation letters. Pre-selected applicants will be invited for face-to-face or online interviews with our faculty members.

If you are an internal applicant, i.e., you hold of have been accepted for a Ph.D. position in one of our institutes and would also like to become an IHRS BioSoft fellow, we will invite you for a selection round. In addition to the application documents mentioned above, please indicate your availability to participate in a selection round here.

Helmholtz Schools


The Helmholtz Association is a community of scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres. Its work follows in the tradition of the great German physician and physicist, Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).

Helmholtz Research and Graduate Schools

Neuroscience
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
@ Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Jülich

Last Modified: 12.09.2022