PhD Program Admission and application

PhD Program
Admission and application

A call for PhD Positons is currently open! Application deadline until May 5th 2021.


Call for Applications

The PhD Programs “Molecular Medicine” (MolMed), “Advanced Medical Biomarker Research” (AMBRA), "Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease" (DK-MCD), “Inflammatory Disorders in Pregnancy” (DP-IDP) and the Doctoral Program “Immune Modulation in Respiratory Diseases” (RESPImmun) open a new call for PhD positions. The Medical University of Graz offers an excellence PhD study program that provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary training in biomedical research in a stimulating international environment. The thesis projects focus on aspects and new concepts of inflammation, cancer and metabolic, cardiovascular as well as respiratory diseases utilizing a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art techniques. Fields of research combine basic, translational and clinical approaches bridging areas from physiology, pathobiology, immunology and pharmacology.

Selected PhD students get employed for up to 3 years (initial contract for one year with the option of prolongation upon successful performance) with a contract that includes social benefits. Moreover, students will be encouraged to spend up to one year abroad joining other collaborating laboratories with the possibility of a 4th year extension of their contract.

Applicants must hold (or be close to obtaining) an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Master in any discipline of natural or life sciences or medicine. The selection procedure, all training activities and communications will be in English. Thus, excellent written and spoken English skills are required.

Applications are exclusively accepted through the online platform Please refrain from contacting the supervisors and do not send any documents by regular mail or e-mail unless you are explicitly asked to do so by our staff. There is no application fee.

PhD Research Positions

The competitive excellence doctoral program is open for highly motivated students in medicine and life sciences.

The PhD program implements the third cycle of the Bologna process (the roadmap of the European Union for higher education). Thus, PhD candidates are seen as students who are offered education and guidance for their benefit and as young researchers who contribute to the scientific success of our universities.

The position

PhD candidates will be fully employed at the respective university including social benefits with a net salary (after deduction of taxes, health and pension insurance) of approximately EUR 22.500 per year.

Parallel to the employment one has to enroll as a PhD student. Successful applicants will be involved in highly competitive research projects working towards their thesis. A successful PhD student will have to show considerable engagement beyond formal working hours.

Duration of the contract

Funding is initially granted for a period of one year with the option of Prolongation by two years depending on their Performance (i.e. in total up to three years, which will be a typical duration for the PhD thesis). 

There is a constant monitoring of the performance of the student by the thesis committee.

Research projects of the current call (2021)

Application Procedure

Who can apply?

Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. The language of instruction is English and applicants are expected to be highly proficient in this language. A certificate of English proficiency is not mandatory for application but must be provided by the selected students before admission to the PhD program.

Applicants should hold an equivalent of a masters' degree in natural or life sciences (chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology or related areas) or in medicine which included a written master thesis.

Students who have not yet finished their Masters' degree can apply but have to be graduated until September, 2021.

We offer PhD thesis projects to the most interested, ambitious, motivated and intelligent students to educate them for a career as scientists on an international level. Candidates are selected irrespective of sex, race or nationality.

Research projects of the current call

You may have a look at the concept of the program, the faculty and then read the respective thesis projects. Choose three of them and include an original statement in your application form why you are interested in the particular projects.

Selection procedure

There will be a three-step selection procedure. In the first step, written applications will be ranked. In a second step, selected candidates may be contacted by skype interviews if one or more project leaders have further questions. In a third step, the top candidates will be invited for a personal hearing to Graz. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to a certain limit (details will be sent together with the invitation).

How to Apply

Application are made exclusively through the online platform:

Please do not send any documents by regular mail or e-mail unless you are explicitly asked to do so by our staff. There is no application fee.

Stage 1: Register on the Online Platform
  • To apply, you must first register on the online platform:
  • After completing the initial registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing your login ID and password. If you have already applied for the program in a previous academic year, you should continue to use your previous login ID and password. This will allow you to keep or update previously uploaded documents.
  • In total, you cannot apply more than two times for different calls of our PhD program.
Stage 2:The Questionaire
  • Please answer the questions as complete as possible.
  • The application form contains mandatory components. As long as these are incomplete, submission will not be possible.
  • You can save the data and uploaded documents on the online platform and complete or modify your profile at a later date.
Stage 3: Letters of recommendation  
  • You should arrange in advance to have two persons willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • In the questionnaire, you will be prompted to submit the details (first name, last name, university, city, country, e-mail address) of these two persons. These persons will receive an e-mail prompting them to register on the online platform and answer a specific questionnaire.
  • Once the referee has filled the online form, the receipt will be acknowledged on your personal page of the online platform. It is up to the applicant to make any necessary reminders.
  • Recommendation letters sent by post or e-mail or by an applicant 
  • Submission of the application is only possible after both referees have answered the online questionnaire.
Stage 4: Upload your Documents on the Online Platform  
  • The following documents should be uploaded to your personal application page in Portable Document Format (one scanned copy merged in a single PDF file each):
    • BSc. degree certificate (if applicable)
    • BSc. transcripts of marks (academic record; if applicable)
    • MSc. degree certificate (if already obtained)
    • MSc. transcripts of marks (academic record)
    • Certificate of English proficiency (if available; e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, GRE)
    • Copy of the passport
  • It is not necessary to translate or authenticate any documents for your application. (This will be required only if you are offered a PhD position. In this case we will provide the selected candidates with all required Information about court translation and authentification of documents.) 
Stage 5: Submission of the application
  • After you have finally submitted the application, no further changes are possible.
  • Submission after expiration of the application deadline will not be possible.
  • In total, you cannot apply more than two times for different calls of our PhD program.
  • Deadline for applications: May 5, 2021

In case of further questions, candidates may be contacted for skype interviews after the application deadline has expired. Based on the written applications, the faculty will invite the best applicants to an online hearing.

  • Skype interviews (in case of further questions): May 18 - 30, 2021
  • Invitation to the hearing /notification of non-acceptance: June 1, 2021
  • Three day hearing (via video conference): June 28 -30, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance / non-acceptance: one week after the hearing  


Miriam Sedej PhD
T: +43 316 385 71630
Miriam Sedej

Domenic Hofmann 
T: +43 316 385 72086
Domenic Hofmann