The doctoral program at the Max Planck School Matter to Life will offer highly talented and motivated students a superior training in the fundamentals, methods and approaches in the rapidly developing field of Matter to Life.

"What, exactly, is life?", and "Can life-like processes, functions and objects be quantitatively simulated, predicted and created in the laboratory?" are the overarching questions addressed in the curriculum and research training.

The Max Planck School Matter to Life is organized by Heidelberg University, Göttingen University, Technical University of Munich, Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials at RWTH Aachen and different Max Planck Institutes. Faculty and researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds, but with overlapping research interests will mentor and teach the students which may then choose from over 40 of Germany’s most renowned and successful research laboratories to pursue their research in the emerging scientific area of Matter to Life.

Current Bachelor's students with backgrounds in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Sciences, Molecular Systems Engineering, Physics, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioengineering, or a related subject are encouraged to apply to the Max Planck School Matter to Life. 

Students holding a Bachelor's degree can apply to the 5-year B.S.-to-Ph.D. direct track program, where they will begin their first two years of study at one of our three partner Universities based on their specialization of choice: Molecular Systems Chemistry and Engineering (Heidelberg University), Complex Systems and Biological Physics (Göttingen University), or Bioengineering (Technical University of Munich). The remaining three years of the program can be undertaken at any of the Faculty's laboratories. 

We offer:

  • Generous financial & medical insurance support
  • Excellent research opportunities
  • Unique and inspiring setting