Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM)

Graduate School of Quantitative Biosciences Munich (QBM)


The Graduate School of Quantitative and Molecular Biosciences Munich (QMB – former QBM) is seeking PhD students with a background in biochemistry, biology, bioinformatics, physics or applied math and an interest in conducting interdisciplinary research at the interface of experiment and quantitative theory. We place a strong emphasis on experimental work, while encouraging students to engage in theoretical approaches to derive meaningful insights from their data.

The Graduate School seeks to prepare young life scientists for the emerging era of quantitative, systems-oriented bioscience. It provides an innovative, international PhD training program that bridges the divide between traditionally separate disciplines, from biochemistry and medicine to bioinformatics, experimental and theoretical biophysics, and applied mathematics. While maintaining a strong command of their primary discipline, QMB students will become well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought and learn to communicate and work effectively with scientists from different backgrounds.

Key elements of the QMB program are:

  • an interdisciplinary research project
  • a substantial program of formal course work
  • a professional skills program

QMB is a joint initiative by leading scientists from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the Technical University Munich, the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry and the Helmholtz Center Munich.


For detailed information about our application requirements see: 

Please note that you need to have a completed Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field prior to starting the PhD program. In exceptional circumstances, highly promising students with a Bachelor’s degree can qualify by passing an entrance exam; please contact us directly by email.

PhD research

In your application, you can select up to two research groups you are interested in. For details about research areas and participating research groups, please see:


  • Application opens: July 15th 2024

  • Application deadline: August 31st 2024

  • Reference deadline: September 13th 2024

  • Interviews: scheduled on an individual basis

  • Notification of candidatesOctober 7th 2024

If you have any questions please write to