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Microbiology and Biochemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The doctoral program "Microbiology and Biochemistry" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). The graduate school offers a joint modular training program to which the twelve doctoral programs of GGNB contribute and that is open to all GGNB students.
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Overview

  • The Microbiology and Biochemistry program provides training aimed at achieving a comparative understanding of microorganisms work at a molecular level and how they contribute to interactions in their natural environments; a critical sense of how to apply comprehensive genomic analysis tools, and an ability to set up and test conceptual models for molecular functions. 
  • The program contributes to GGNB training with seminars and methods courses which assist the students in the analysis of genomes, transcription signatures, large scale protein identification, and microscopy.
  • Experimental research constitutes the major component of the doctoral studies and is conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member of the doctoral program. Doctoral research projects are complemented by a school-wide training program, offered to all GGNB students, who are members of a vibrant international research community. The language of the doctoral program is English.
  • The Microbiology and Biochemistry program accepts students who are interested in all problems of microbiology and biochemistry. Training is aimed at achieving a comparative understanding of microorganisms work at a molecular level and how they contribute to interactions in their natural environments; a critical sense of how to apply comprehensive genomic analysis tools, and an ability to set up and test conceptual models for molecular functions. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The scientific focus of the program is mainly on microbial model systems, ranging from prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) to eukaryotic microbes, including the interactions between microorganisms and multicellular organisms. Platforms are available in various groups of the program for the analysis of genomes, transcription signatures, large-scale protein identification, metabolomics, and imaging. 
  • The research program includes the analysis of gene regulation and cell differentiation of microorganisms, the identification and functional characterization of protein complexes, and the elucidation of the relation between pathogenic bacteria and their host cells. 
  • Moreover, the program is engaged in finding novel enzymes using metagenomic approaches together with the exploitation of genomes of biotechnologically relevant microorganisms. 

Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Jörg StülkeDept. of General MicrobiologyInstitute for Microbiology and Genetics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

  • certificates of other relevant examinations (e.g. GRE, if available)

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • transcripts / academic records (Studienbuch) of your studies,
  • all academic degree diplomas (only university degrees, no secondary education degrees!),
  • certificates of other relevant examinations (e.g. GRE, if available),
  • English proficiency certificates,
  • statement by (prospective) supervisor (incl. details on funding, preliminary title and starting date of PhD project),
  • optionally: max. two reference letters,
  • optionally: 1 (one) passport photograph.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Usually, the research group or department provides funding to their doctoral students in the form of either an employment contract or a scholarship (approx. monthly amount of scholarship or net salary: 1100-1400 EUR).

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