Biomolecules: Structure-Function-Dynamics (Ph.D.)
The doctoral program "Biomolecules: Structure – Function – Dynamics" is part of the Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB).
The Biomolecules program comprises a broad variety of research which has its main focus on structure determination and biophysical characterization of biomolecules. The program also covers biochemical, biophysical and medical relevant aspects of proteins. Other topics are related to mechanistic understanding of protein function in vitro and within the cellular context.
- Biomolecules: Structure – Function – Dynamics
- doctoral degree (Dr.rer.nat./Ph.D.)
- Graduate school:
- Standard period of studies:
- 6 semesters
- Start of studies:
- summer and winter semester
- Language of the programme:
- restricted admission (application to GGNB)
Get to know us
The doctoral program "Biomolecules: Structure - Function -Dynamics" is part of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, and the German Primate Center.
The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, medicine, or related fields.
The Biomolecules program comprises a broad variety of research which has its main focus on structure determination and biophysical characterization of biomolecules. The program also covers biochemical, biophysical and medical relevant aspects of proteins. Other topics are related to mechanistic understanding of protein function in vitro and within the cellular context. Teaching covers all those aspects and practical courses are offered related to the state-of-the art methods needed to study biomolecules in structure and function.
The GGNB offers an integrated training and qualification concept consisting of:
- Thesis advisory committees advising the doctoral student and monitoring the progress of the doctoral project,
- Scientific methods courses, seminars and summer schools in all science areas covered by the graduate school,
- Professional skills courses in the four categories Scientific Communication; Good Scientific Practice, Ethics, and Intellectual Property; Self-Management and Organizational Skills; and Career Development, as well as German language courses and courses on Scientific English,
- Industry excursions to biotechnological, pharmaceutical, optical or (bio)physical companies, guided by GGNB alumni,
- Student-organized scientific symposia and career-related events,
- Annual Ph.D. retreats organized by the programs.
In total, 20 Credits are required and doctoral students can tailor their individual curriculum by choosing from all courses and events. Only a Seminar on Good Scientific Practice is mandatory.
The doctoral students hold at least three annual Thesis Advisory Committee Meetings within the regular PhD time of 3 years. The maximum duration of PhD studies in GGNB is 4 years.
- M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in the biosciences, chemistry, physics, or related fields.
- If English is not your first language, you need to provide proof of proficiency in English at level C1 of the CEFR (or equivalent, e.g. completion of an M.Sc. degree in English or IELTS Band 7).
You are eligible to apply to GGNB if:
- you have already secured a doctoral position with a GGNB faculty member (apply within 3 months after the start of the PhD project), or
- you have successfully established contact to a GGNB faculty member who has expressed an interest in your application and who may be able to offer you a PhD position if you pass the selection process (apply up to 4 months before the planned start of the PhD project).