To be eligible for our doctoral program at LIV, you need to hold a Master of Science degree or an equivalent qualification (e.g. a Diploma). We welcome applicants with an academic background in biology, molecular life science, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, computer science, or related fields in the natural sciences. If you have a passion for virological research and a strong academic record in one of these areas, we encourage you to apply to our program and take your first step towards a rewarding career in virology.

Please note that only perspective applicants holding a degree from a University or Academic international centre recognized by German authorities are eligible to apply. This is the case for most European public and state universities.

If you apply from overseas, you can check here if your university and your degree program are recognized in Germany.


Documents for application

Required documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (PDF file, max. 2-3 pages).
  2. Motivation letter (in English) of 1-2 pages in which you explain why you would like to join our institute, and what qualifications you have to do so.
  3. Name up to three Principal Investigators / Group Leaders of LIV in your motivation letter you would like to work with and why (list of recruiting PIs can be found here).
  4. Name at least two references incl. current email address and phone number.
  5. Transcript (record of study) and degree certificate for all completed degrees. If provided by the university, please also submit the supplementary information.
  6. Temporary/provisional transcripts for degree programs you are currently enrolled in.

Recommended additional documents:

  1. Certificate of proficiency in English (unless you are native English speaker).
  2. Information about relevant scholarships, prizes and awards (if applicable).
  3. Document qualifying for university studies (typically high school diploma, Abitur, Matura or equivalent).