15 PhD positions for the EU MSCA-COFUND ProgramPhD - Individual Supervisor

  • English

    Working Language

  • Darmstadt


  • 15 Jan 2024

    Application Deadline

  • 01 May 2024

    Starting Date


Open Positions


Time Span

01 May 2024 for 4 years

Application Deadline

15 Jan 2024



Type of Position

PhD - Individual Supervisor

Working Language


Required Degree


Areas of study

Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Architecture, Civil Engineering, Timber Construction, Steel Construction, Hydraulic Engineering, Mining, Geotechnical Engineering, Mine Surveying, Bioengineering, Bionics, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Process Technology, Printing Technology, Media Technology, Packaging Technology, Automation Technology, Electrical Power Engineering, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Precision Engineering, Information Technology, Communications Technology, Microelectronics, Microsystems Technology, Communications Engineering, Sensor Technology, Measurement Technology, Power Engineering, Renewable Energies, Nuclear Technology, Power Plant Technology, Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Facility Management, Building Services, Safety Engineering, Supply Engineering, Brewing, Beverage Technology, Food Technology, Aeronautical Engineering, Space Engineering, Plant Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Design Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Mechatronics, Systems Engineering, Laser Technology, Optoelectronics, Optical Engineering, Photonics, Engineering Physics, Country Planning, Landscape Planning, Nature Conservation Planning, Spatial Planning, Regional Planning, Urban Planning, Urban Development, Marine Engineering, Nautics, Ship Operation Engineering, Ship Engineering, Occupational Safety, Humanitarian Aid, Disaster Relief, Disaster Prevention , Safety, Radiation Protection, Ophthalmic Optics, Biomedical Engineering, Health Technology, Hearing Technology, Medical Physics, Medical Engineering, Waste Management, Disposal Technology, Renewable Raw Materials, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Protection Technology, Geodesy, Surveying, Clothing Engineering, Foundry Engineering, Glass Engineering, Ceramics (Materials Engineering), Plastics Engineering, Materials Science, Metal Engineering, Paper Engineering, Textile Engineering, Materials Technology, Materials Engineering, Engineering and Management, Anthropobiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Botany, Human Biology, Biomedicine, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Macromolecular Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, Nutritional Science, Domestic Science, Anthropogeography, Geography, Physical Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Geosciences, Geoecology, Hydrology, Meteorology, Mineralogy, Oceanography, Palaeontology, Applied Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Engineering Informatics, Media Informatics, Medical Informatics, Practical Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Theoretical Computer Science, Information Systems and Management, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics, Technomathematics, Business Mathematics, Nanoanalysis, Nanochemistry, Nanoelectronics, Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology, Nanosciences, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Experimental Physics, Physics, Theoretical Physics, Sustainability Sciences (Ecological), Nature Conservation, Environmental Protection, Environmental Science



Join us in shaping the future at the intersection of life sciences and engineering. 

The program “Interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral training programme at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Life Science Engineering” – trainLSE – aims to establish interdisciplinary research and training of excellent international young researchers at the interface between engineering and life sciences. trainLSE is integrated into the existing PhD program of the Graduate School Life Science Engineering (GS LSE) at TU Darmstadt. PhD candidates will become a member of the LSE community and benefit from the structured doctoral training.

A total of 15 doctoral students are able to combine expertise from the engineering and life sciences in their own unique way, and develop a new constructive engineering way of considering biology.

The MSCA-COFUND doctoral program not only provides research training in the fields of biology, chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering, physics, and mechanical engineering, but also prepares you for your future career in academia and industry and offers the opportunity of research internships in renowned partner research institutions, universities or companies in different countries.

PhD candidates participating in the COFUND program benefit from:

  • EU co-funded PhD position for 48 months
  • Interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of life science and engineering
  • Mobility grant for a research internship in renowned partner institutions, universities and companies
  • Participation in national and international conferences
  • Training sessions for transferable skills
  • Annual retreat of the of Graduate School LSE
  • International, open minded and vibrant community
  1. Please note, applications are exclusively accepted via the online application form.
  1. To apply for the trainLSE program, applicants must not be in possession of a doctoral degree and hold an excellent M.Sc. with a strong background in life science or engineering disciplines. Applicants can apply even if they receive their Master's degree after the application deadline, as long as they have their Master's degree by the start of the PhD program.
  • Molecular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Material Science
  • Computer Science
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology
  1. trainLSE is an international PhD program. Applicants should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 36 months before the call deadline of the program, unless this time was part of a compulsory national service or a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention. These mobility rule also applies for German citizens.
  2. Required documents include your CV, a motivation statement, transcript and degree certificates (Bachelor and Master), proof of English language proficiency, and at least two letters of recommendation. All documents must be provided as pdf.
  3. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit their own research proposal with an abstract of up to two pages describing the concept, research methods and relevance of the topic. The research project should align with your personal research interests, but not necessarily with the specific research topics of your chosen group leaders. The primary objective is to demonstrate your scientific aptitude through your ability to develop concepts, select appropriate research methods, and apply relevant background knowledge to your project.
  4. You will also be asked to nominate a minimum of three research group leaders whose work aligns with your interests, along with a brief justification. Information about the group leaders and their research can be found below.


Required Documents

Required Documents
  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Research Proposal
  • Applicants should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 36 months before the call deadline of the program, unless this time was part of a compulsory national service or a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention. These mobility rule also applies for German citizens.
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