Computational Biology and Scientific Computing
Natural SciencesMathematicsComputer and information sciencesBiological sciences

The International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing is a joint graduate program of the FU Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. It goes experimental this year, leading into a new graduate program from 2019, which provides education for students at the interface of molecular life sciences and computational sciences. This will be based on perspective and supervision from both ends - experimental and computational - and suit students with degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics or any related areas.

The doctoral program is a three-year program for students who hold a Master’s degree. Exceptional students with a Bachelor’s degree and the necessary background can apply to the preparatory program, leading to a doctorate in four years. The degree conferred is a Dr. rer. nat. from the department of mathematics and computer science or the department of biology, chemistry and pharmacy at FU, depending on students' backgrounds. Doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to attend a bespoke curriculum to fully educate them in both theoretical and experimental aspects of biology and computation, as well as expand their transferable skills. The program is also member of Dahlem Research school.

The school language is English but for the preparatory program some knowledge of German may be necessary.


There are research projects in a wide range of areas, including epigenetics, developmental biology, mathematical modeling, biological sequence analysis, mechanobiology, stem cells and differentiation, statistics, molecular evolution and many more. More detailed descriptions will be available on our website during the application period.

programme Freie Universität Berlin Prof. Dr Martin Vingron Kirsten Kelleher

sequence analysis, theoretical structural biology, computational chemistry, drug design, molecular evolution, genome analysis, functional genomics

Contact Information

Prof. Dr Martin Vingron
Dr Kirsten Kelleher
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
Ihnestr. 63-73
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 841 311 54
February, March
1-8 per year
Freie Universität Berlin