The Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) offers great opportunities for outstanding and enthusiastic graduates who wish to work towards a PhD in a highly interactive, interdisciplinary and international scientific community. The DIPP combines two powerful partners dedicated to first-class doctoral training at the frontier of science – theInternational Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology (IMPRS-CellDevoSys)implemented by the Max Planck Society in 2001, and the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) awarded to the TU Dresden in the Excellence Initiative in 2006.
Our research-oriented program focuses on challenging research towards a PhD degree at the frontier of science in the tracks
- Our expertise spans from biology, physics, computational science to translational research in biomedicine, bioengineering and nanotechnologies. PhD students are invited to profit from the inspiring and vibrant network formed by the closely interacting research groups, institutes and facilities. Expert thesis supervision by a Thesis Advisory Committee, ambitious training and exceptional student-driven activities are further hallmarks of the DIPP.
From Cells to Biology in Cyberspace – The CompBio Track
The CompBio Track does research in theoretical and computational disciplines, like computer science, applied mathematics, computational engineering, and computational physics. Thanks to the close integration with the leading-edge biology and physics of the other tracks, this serves a double purpose: On the one hand, we advance computing and theory as inspired by the challenging systems and data of biology. On the other hand, we apply computational methods to help advance biology. This includes both the computational analysis of biological data (microscopy images, genome sequences, lineage trees, etc.) and computer simulations of biological systems and processes (computational biology).
- Biological systems challenge the available computational methods, and the necessary foundations in computer science and mathematics are often missing. The CompBio Track hence performs fundamental research in computational and theoretical areas in order to develop the methodological foundations for future biology in tight integration with the experimental approaches of the other tracks.
- Over the past decade, biological questions have become one of the major drivers of progress in computational science. At the same time, computational models and simulations are at the very heart of modern biology, enabling predictions of complex system behavior. Much research and progress in computer science and applied mathematics is however still required in order to cope with the intricacies and complexity of biological systems. The CompBio track drives these developments in an exciting, truly interdisciplinary program, and in tight integration with the biological applications.
- Scientific Computing
- Applied Mathematics
- Computational Biology
- Computational Genomics
- Computer Vision/Image Processing
- Parallel and High-Performance Computing
- Software Engineering
- Lutz Brusch (TUD ZIH)
- Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci (TUD Biotec)
- Lars Kaderali (TUD Medical Campus)
- Gene Myers (MPI-CBG)
- M. Teresa Pisabarro (TUD Biotec)
- Ingo Röder (TUD Medical Campus)
- Carsten Rother (TUD Computer Science)
- Ivo F. Sbalzarini (MPI-CBG)
- Michael Schröder (TUD Biotec)
- Axel Voigt (TUD Mathematics)
- Request an account for accessing our online application and make sure to use an email address that is valid throughout the application process. Follow the instructions given in the online application form. Briefly, the application consists of two parts:
1st Part: Registration
- Registration requires personal information and contact details of two referees whom we will invite to complete an online recommendation form. We expect that your referees are well in position to judge your research performance, and strongly recommend that you name your thesis supervisor as referee.
- Before submitting your referees’ details, make sure that they are willing and available to provide their recommendation within the given deadline. We encourage to register early to grant your referees sufficient time for submitting their recommendation. Information submitted with the registration cannot be changed, however, additional referees can be added up to the registration deadline.
- We acknowledge successful registration and receipt of each online recommendation via email. Please contact your referees directly for clarification if you don’t receive our confirmation in good time.
2nd Part: Application
- Following registration you will be granted immediate access to the application form. Make sure that you provide complete information and up-loads of required documents (University certificates and transcripts of marks/record of study), GRE examination and TOEFL/IELTS results if available.
- After completion of the online application form, you will be able to generate a pdf file of your application. Please use this function to ensure the legibility of uploaded documents. Save a copy of your application for your reference before submitting the application.
- You will be able to submit your application once we received two online recommendations until the application deadline. Successful submission of your application will be confirmed by email.
Evaluation of applications
- Eligible applications will proceed to evaluation. The first evaluation takes into account the applicants’ national education system, and is carried out by internal experts of the respective educational system. Qualified applications are recommended to DIPP faculty members for further assessment. They jointly short-list the candidates to be invited for the interview week in Dresden. Invitations are sent approximately 4 weeks before the interview week.
The interview week in Dresden
- The Monday of the interview week is reserved for arrival, a welcome by the program officials, followed by group leaders’ presentations and an applicants’ poster session. On Tuesday, each candidate conducts a 30 minutes interview with the Admission Committees. These interviews cover general knowledge questions according to the applicant’s scientific discipline and a paper discussion. Proficiency in standard textbook knowledge is expected. Candidates who pass the Admission Committees are in general eligible to be admitted to the DIPP. Wednesday and Thursday are reserved for interviews with group leaders, lab visits and informal discussions with lab members. Concluding interviews with the Deans and the Admission Committee members are scheduled for Friday morning. Full details of the interview week will be sent to invited candidates only.
Offers of admission
- Offers of admission to the Dresden International PhD Program are made by the end of the interview week. Admission is granted by the Deans based on the results of the Admission Committee and the group leader interviews. In general, offers include the affiliation to a scientific track and to a defined research group.
Starting your PhD thesis work
- The individual starting date will be agreed on with the primary supervisor. For the spring selection, the latest starting date is October 1st of the year of admission. For the fall selection, the latest starting date is March 1st of the year following the year of admission.