The 2016 CeMM PhD program will focus on four thematic areas: infection, immunity, metabolism and cancer, that are built on the pillars of epigenetics, bioinformatics and systems biology, chemical biology and the mechanism of action of drugs, high-throughput genetics, genomics and proteomics, and molecular and cell biology.
  • The choice of this strategic focus rests on the synergies between immunology, infection and cancer in pathophysiological and technological terms. It furthermore reflects the strength of the current CeMM faculty, itself built around the historical and contemporary expertise in immunology and cancer of the Medical University of Vienna.
  • As a CeMM PhD student you will get the chance to work at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary molecular medicine research and be trained by the entire CeMM and associated faculty to become one of the scientists shaping the future of molecular medicine.

About CeMM


To be eligible to enroll in the CeMM PhD program all candidates are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in medicine, biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, mathematics or any scientific/technical, subject-relevant degree. Candidates applying with a Bachelor's degree must have completed a four year course and need to demonstrate that they have acquired a significant amount of research experience. In addition they must achieve a first class honors or a 2:1.
  • Candidates do not need to have completed their degree at the time of application, however they must obtain their final degree certificate by the end of September.
  • The working language at CeMM is English, so excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required.

Application Process

All candidates are required to complete an online application form. Before you can submit your application, at least one of your referees must have completed an online reference. A second reference must be submitted by the final submission deadline for your application to be considered.
  • All the submitted applications are reviewed by the CeMM Faculty and selected candidates are invited to participate in a video interview.
  • Shortlisted candidates are then invited to Vienna for the PhD hearing in May. All candidates are asked to introduce themselves through a presentation followed by three panel interviews with CeMM Faculty members. There is also the opportunity to meet other research group members and attend an informal dinner.
  • At the end of the second day of the hearing all candidates are asked to submit their preference regarding which research groups they would like to work with, and on the third day of the hearing selected candidates are invited back for 1:1 interviews with the group leaders.
  • Positions are offered by CeMM Faculty at the end of May. The program start date is October 1st every year.

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The programme is highly selective and invites outstanding university graduates wishing to work towards a Ph.D. in the fields of ageing and age-related diseases to become part of the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research and the vibrant and international research scene in the Cologne/Bonn area.


The online application platform for our fellowships starting October 2016 is now available and open until February 12, 2016.
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  • We invite applications from all countries. Our interdisciplinary faculty offers positions in the areas of biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering and medical biology. Applicants with a Diploma or Master's or equivalent degree of those or related fields are welcome to apply!
  • We also accept applicants with a degree in medicine provided they have sufficient relevant research experience. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English.


  • We choose applicants based on their academic qualifications, their research accomplishments and their motivation to study at our Graduate School. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Selection Workshop on site. During the Selection Workshop in May 2016, candidates will give an oral presentation of their previous scientific work and are interviewed by Principal Investigators. The candidates will have the opportunity to discuss the programme and research interests of the various groups with graduate school students and faculty members. Selected candidates will start their fellowships in October 2016. Candidates are enrolled through the University of Cologne.

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