4 Doctoral Scholarships at FU Berlin

Berlin, 03/02/09: 4 Doctoral Scholarships at FU Berlin for interdisciplinary research projects in the fields of chemistry, biology, materials science, and biophysics.

The newly launched Collaborative Research Center 765 (SFB 765) “Multivalency as Chemical Organizational and Operational Principle: New Architectures, Functions, and Applications” at the Freie Universitaet Berlin with the integrated Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) “Multivalency in Chemistry and Biochemistry” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) offers 4 Doctoral Scholarships for interdisciplinary research projects in the fields of chemistry, biology, materials science, and biophysics.

The Collaborative Research Center 765 with the integrated Graduate Research Training Group is jointly run by two Berlin universities, Freie Universitaet and Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, as well as by the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Zuse-Institut, and Charité-Universitaetsmedizin, Berlin. For more information, research topics, and projects, and a list of researchers collaborating in this network, visit the website: http://www.sfb765.de.

Academic program: The Graduate Research Training Program distinguishes itself through joint teaching and supervision of the graduates. Each Ph.D. will be supervised by one of the collaborating researchers and two other mentors. The core teaching program consists of interdisciplinary lectures and seminars. For more information visit the website: http://www.sfb765.de.

Call for Applications
Terms of Grant: The scholarships will be awarded for one year; the earliest start is on August 1, 2009. After on year, scholars may apply for funding and internship extension trough their research groups. Doctoral fellows will receive a stipend of € 1.000 per month. An additional material cost allowance of € 103 per month will also be paid. A child care allowance may be granted if applicable.

Application: Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter with the subproject  number and name of the group leader with whom the applicant would like to work, as well as their curriculum vitae, copies of their qualifying academic certifications, and two letters of recommendation from academic teachers. (See http://www.sfb765.de for sub-project numbers.) Applicants should have gained a top place in their graduating classes and hold a master’s degree or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry, biology or pharmacy. Candidates have to meet the requirements which would qualify them for entry to a doctoral program at the respective institute.
Students will be chosen on the basis of their previous grades and academic
references. Applicants should also have a solid proficiency in the English
language. The SFB 765 encourages, in particular, women as well as disabled persons to apply for the fellowships.

Deadline: The deadline for application is April 30, 2009. During the second
half of May candidates may be invited for interviews.

Applications should be addressed to:
Dr. Christian Hackenberger,
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Chemie und Biochemie
Takustr. 3
D-14195 Berlin
or via e-mail:

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