Doctoral Students (PhD Programme)


Call for applications

Institution: The International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity (IMPRS NeuroCom) ( offers several positions for excellent students holding a master’s degree (or equivalent) to perform research resulting in a PhD in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience. The IMPRS NeuroCom is based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, and the University of Leipzig, and also involves the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University College London, UK.

Deadline: Deadline for applications is 1 December, 2016. Interviews will take place in March 2017. Starting date is flexible, but not later than autumn 2017.

Candidates: The IMPRS NeuroCom aims to recruit and educate excellent young scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and research experience in a structured 3-year PhD programme, in order to pursue a successful career in cognitive neuroscience. The school is intended for students holding a very good master’s degree (or equivalent) in a wide spectrum of potential disciplines such as cognitive neuroscience, psychology, medicine, neurobiology, linguistics, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biochemistry, or related fields, awarded by an internationally recognized university-level institution. Students near the completion of their master’s degree are also eligible to apply. Research experience is essential for successful candidates. Proficiency in oral and written English is mandatory.

Admission: Applications will be evaluated by IMPRS NeuroCom faculty members. Interview selection is based on academic qualifications, personal references, recommendation, research experience and interests, and suitability to the programme. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. In order to increase the proportion of female staff members, applications from females are particularly encouraged. Preference will be given to disabled persons with the same qualification.

Funding: PhD students of the IMPRS NeuroCom will receive funding based on the guidelines of the Max Planck Society. There are no tuition fees. Enrolment at the University of Leipzig is optional for German students and mandatory for international students. The enrollment fee is approximately €202 per semester.

For more information about the graduate school please visit:

Application: Please see for details and use for your application.

For further information please contact Dr. Veronika Krieghoff:

Dr. Veronika Krieghoff
IMPRS Co-ordinator
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstrasse 1A, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

Phone: +49 341 – 9940 2261
Fax: +49 341 – 9940 113

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