Dahlem Research School of Molecular Science

Natural SciencesPhysical sciencesChemical sciences

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. The program is expiring soon and will be continued by the Doctoral Program "Natural Sciences" (DPNS), also a member Program of Dahlem Research School. DRS MS had a close collaboration with the Focus Area "Nanoscale" at Freie Universität Berlin. All former DFG-funded subprograms of DRS MS have already been moved to DPNS. Current members of DRS MS comprise the International Max Planck Research School "Multiscale Biosystems" and the Helmholtz Graduate School "Macromolecular Biosciences".DRS MS was open to all doctoral candidates carrying out work in a field related to molecular science.


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

The main research areas were:

  • 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: Doctoral Program Natural Sciences
Dr. Alette Winter
FU Berlin
Arnimallee 22
14195 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 83866617
E-mail: alette.winter@fu-berlin.de
Web: https://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/naturalsciences/index.html
Deadlines: program to be discontinued
Places: 90