PhD Positions in Diabetes Research


PhD Positions in Diabetes Research in an International Graduate Program at the Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany 

The International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes is at the core of cutting-edge scientific research at the Helmholtz Diabetes Center in Munich and its partner institution, the Alberta Diabetes Institute in Canada. We offer research projects that enable the development of innovative strategies for the identification of molecular mechanisms, generation of prediction tools, and advancement of therapeutic strategies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The diversity of (epi-)genetic and environmental factors underlying diabetes, as well as the secondary complications resulting from this systemic disease, require highly skilled researchers who will translate fundamental research into clinical solutions for patients. We invite young scientists holding a Master’s degree and a strong interest in diabetes, endocrinology, molecular biology, immunology, public health studies, life sciences, computational biology, clinical research, and related areas to apply to the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes

We are offering three PhD positions, with three-year contracts at the Helmholtz Center Munich to highly qualified and motivated students of all nationalities. As a graduate student you will receive your doctorate from either the Technical University (TUM) or the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), conduct innovative scientific training and visit the Alberta Diabetes Institute for long-term research stays in Canada. This will give you an exclusive international experience, provide you with a profound expertise in conducting fundamental and translational research within the academic world and pharmaceutical industry, and will prepare you for becoming a future leader in our field of diabetes research. 

In-depth professional trainings and a personalized career support throughout your graduate education will help you developing your career, and reaching your career goals. The program language is English. Start date for the successful candidates will be June 2022.

Applications for the PhD program can be submitted online from August 19th till October 8th 2021. 
For more information on the projects and how to apply online, please visit

We are looking forward to your application!

For general questions please contact us: diabetes-researchschool(at) (Please do not use this e-mail address for submitting your application).

What we are looking for:

  • Exceptional students holding a Master’s degree and a strong interest in diabetes, endocrinology, molecular biology, immunology, public health studies, life sciences, computational biology, clinical research and related areas

  • Excellent English language proficiency, both written and spoken

  • Experience working in a wet lab environment is desired

  • Outstanding motivation to join our international research teams and push the frontiers in diabetes research

  • An open-minded, communicative, well-organized personality to work in the highly interactive work environment at the Helmholtz Diabetes Center in Munich

Our offer:

  • Excellent scientific training and state-of-the-art technology platforms at the Helmholtz Diabetes Center – one of the world’s leading institutions in diabetes research

  • Interdisciplinary projects linking our understanding of mechanisms underlying diabetes to the development of new approaches in prevention, diagnosis and treatment

  • International research groups and research stays at the partnering Alberta Diabetes Institute in Canada

  • Scientific networking within the national and international community of diabetes researchers and at international conferences

  • Translational training - from bench to bedside

  • Interactive guidance and a clear mentoring structure

  • Individual career development and support 

  • Professional training in management, leadership and communication

  • Employment contracts from the Helmholtz Center Munich and a doctorate from the Technical University Munich or Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München

… and last but not least: Munich – a beautiful city to live in! 
The third biggest city in Germany offers a vivid culture with a wide range of parks, museums and music. The famous city hall adds to the historic center with its Viktualienmarkt and beautiful squares. Within the city the river Isar and English Garden offer recreational activities and the Alps are just a stone’s throw away!

Application deadline: 08th of October 2021

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International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes

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Deadline: 2021-10-08
Location: Germany, Munich
Categories: Diabetes Research, PhD, Researcher,


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