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3 PhD positions are available in Aerospace Life Sciences Research Area Space and Flight Physiology, Radiation Biology, Gravitational Biology and Astrobiology DLR is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Approx. 8000 employees conduct extensive research and development work in aeronautics, transport, space, energy and security. DLR’s research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to the development of products for tomorrow. If you strive to conduct outstanding research in an inspiring and appreciative environment, start your mission with us.


The DLR offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary training for PhD students from different fields. Language of the Project is English. The scientific training is provided in cooperation with several universities in a superb and vibrant research environment with state of the art facilities and cutting edge research projects.

Candidates will learn to develop integrated concepts to solve health issues in aviation and human spaceflight and in related disease patterns on Earth, and to further explore the requirements for life in extreme environments, enabling a better understanding of the ecosystem Earth and the search for life on other planets in unmanned and manned missions.

Prospective candidates can choose one out of several challenging research projects.

  • a Doctoral position paid according to TVöD (E13/2)
  • a top-level research environment
  • a periodic research report system
  • efficient supervision by a team of two supervisors and a mentor
  • an interdisciplinary training program
  • intensive courses in soft skills
  • Cologne – a lively city with a vibrant cultural scene, successful scientific centers of innovation and dynamic business activities


We expect a degree in any Life Science related to the research topics (e.g. biology, physiology, neuroscience, microbiology and psychology or related fields)

  • Graduation with outstanding marks and a Diploma or Master degree that qualifies for starting a Doctoral study in Germany.

Applicants who are about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.

Fluently spoken and written English is needed

Advanced laboratory experience / clinical study experience (dependent on research topic)

Strong interest in Aerospace Life Sciences

High motivation and dedication to science

Ability to work creatively in a multidisciplinary team Your application includes

Two letters of recommendation (e.g. from your master thesis supervisor)

A letter of motivation

A CV with certificates

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Type of position PhD
Subject Flight Physiology, Space Physiology, Gravitational Biology, Radiation Biology, Astrobiology
Organization the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany


Reference www.dlr.de
Start date December 1, 2016
Closing date Not mentioned
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