Dahlem Research School of Molecular Science


The Dahlem Research School of Molecular Science (DRS MS) is a graduate school run jointly by the departments of physics, biology, chemistry and pharmacy at FU Berlin. Its focus is on molecular natural science. It currently comprises the graduate schools of two Collaborative Research Centers and a Research Training Group, all funded by the German Research Foundation. DRS MS also has a close collaboration with the Focus Area "Nanoscale" at Freie Universität Berlin. Further members of DRS MS comprise the International Max Planck Research School "Multiscale Biosystems" and the Helmholtz Graduate School "Macromolecular Biosciences". However, DRS MS is open to all doctoral candidates carrying out work in a field related to molecular science.


DRS MS is the oldest and one of the largest graduate schools at FU Berlin. The scope ranges from theoretical and experimental physics via physical and theoretical to organic and inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. Projects related to molecular biology and pharmacy are also welcome.

The main research areas are:

  • Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function
  • Multivalency as an Organizational and Action Principle in Chemistry
  • Fluorine as a Key Element
  • Nanoscale Functional Materials and Systems
  • Multiscale Biosystems
  • Macromolecular Bioscience

Applicants need an MSc degree in physics, chemistry or a related area. Financial support is provided by either the individual graduate schools or the project leaders. Doctoral candidates are also offered courses on transferable skills – this will all serve to give candidates a competitive edge on the international job market both in academia and industry.

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Beate Paulus
Coordinator: Julija Djordjevic
FU Berlin
Institut für Chemie und Biochemie - Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie
Takustr. 3
14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 838 52051
E-mail: julija.djordjevic@fu-berlin.de
Web: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/molecularscience
Deadlines: calls and deadlines vary
Places: 90
Scholarships: vary