European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Meyerhofstrasse 1

Tel: +49 (0)6221 387 8612


About European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

EMBL profile imageThe European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the world’s leading research institutions, and Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. Research at EMBL emphasizes experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organization, from the molecule to the organism; as well as computational biology, bioinformatics and systems biology.

Why join us
EMBL provides PhD students with a starting platform for a successful career in science by fostering early independence and interdisciplinary research. The enriching encounter of different nationalities, the friendly and collaborative atmosphere, and the passion for science is what unites EMBL’s diverse staff and provides an ideal setting to forge long-lasting connections and make studying at EMBL a formative experience. Our PhD positions are fully funded and offer broad healthcare and pension benefits.

We are dedicated to promoting excellence in the molecular life sciences throughout Europe. To achieve this goal, we inspire and train talented young scientists to become skilled and creative future leaders in academia, industry and other sectors. The EMBL International PhD Programme provides comprehensive interdisciplinary training, maintaining a balance between theory and practice, close mentoring and creative freedom, collaborative teamwork and independence.

Who we are looking for
We invite candidates with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering and molecular medicine to apply to our 3.5–4-year structured programme.

Germany, France, Italy, Spain and UK

Number of PhD students

How to apply
Online via

Closing date
Two calls per year that run from February to April (interviews in July) and from August to October (interviews in January the following year)

Tel +49 (0)6221 387 8612 or 8896

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