Member Programs

All coordinated research entities, e.g. collaborative research centres (SFBs) or graduate schools, which adress doctoral and/or postdoctoral researchers of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, can become institutional members of iGRAD. For its member programs, iGRAD provides central organization of training related to career relevant competences, with detailed consideration of the requirements of the specific program. In addition, iGRAD can also counsel and provide support for questions about quality standards, announcement and selection procedures, for instance. Structured doctoral degree programs can also receive assistance from iGRAD related to applying for support, developing qualification programs, and conceptualizing specific workshops.

Information about individual doctoral degree programs

If you would like to learn more about individual doctoral programs, their research fields,  or open positions/scholarships, please go to the information about current or previous programs:

Current Member Programs

Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS)
  • CEPLAS – Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences – from complex traits towards synthetic modules is a joint effort of HHU, University of Cologne, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Researchers of these institutions are pursuing inventive strategies for sustainable plant production. The goal of this cluster initiative is to develop state of the art methods for a second green revolution on the basis of innovative basic research and established know-how in plant research. CEPLAS focuses on cutting edge science as well as on the promotion of young scientists by novel study modules and individual training programmes.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.
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CRC 974 - Kommunikation und Systemrelevanz bei Leberschädigung und Regeneration
  • Lebererkrankungen sind aufgrund ihrer hohen Prävalenz von großer klinischer und sozioökonomischer Bedeutung. Leberkrankheiten verlaufen meist chronisch und sind systemrelevant, indem sie durch die progrediente Einschränkung der Leberfunktion und die Folgen einer gestörten Leberhämodynamik die Funktion anderer Organsysteme (z.B. Niere, Gehirn, Herz-Kreislauf, Endokrinium) im Sinne von Adaptation und/oder Dysfunktion (Systemrelevanz) beeinflussen. Eine des Sonderforschungsbereichs 974 zugrundeliegende Hypothese ist, dass auf der Basis neuroendokriner, metabolischer und immunologischer Faktoren ein empfindliches Gleichgewicht zwischen Leberregeneration und Leberschädigung besteht, welches durch das vorherrschende Zytokin-/ Chemokinmuster, Leberpathogene, Hydratation und organische Osmolyte, Komplementaktivierung und Gallensäuren bestimmt wird und entweder zu Gunsten von Regeneration oder in Richtung von Schädigung verschoben werden kann. Ziel des SFB 974 ist es, mit Hilfe grundlagenwissenschaftlicher Methoden Einblicke in die Mechanismen, Kommunikationsstrukturen und Entscheidungsprozesse im Rahmen von Leberschädigung und Regeneration zu gewinnen, sowie die Rückwirkungen auf andere Organsysteme im Sinne einer Systemrelevanz und dem Fernziel einer Systemanalyse von Organnetzwerken zu untersuchen.

    Für weitere Informationen und offene Stellen besuchen Sie bitte die Homepage.
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CRC 1116 - Master Switches bei kardialer Ischämie
  • Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is among the most frequent cardiovascular disorders in the Western world. The Comprehensive Research Center (CRC, SFB) 1116 focuses on the acute and subacute phase post AMI using preclinical approaches in standardized small and large animal models as well as clinical investigations in a multidisciplinary consortium. Aim is the identification of cardiac and systemic effector mechanisms (master switches) in the acute/subacute phase after AMI that determine the morbidity and mortality after AMI and could be used as future therapeutic targets.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.
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CRC 1208 - Identity and Dynamics of Membrane Systems - from Molecules to Cellular Functions
  • Biological membranes maintain a non-equilibrium state between the inside and outside space of single cells, subcellular compartments, and between the cells of multicellular organisms. A prerequisite for life is that membranes are not static entities but comprise constantly changing boundaries that react in response to internal and external cues. How do membranes obtain their identity and control their spatio-temporal dynamics? Which role do their constituents play, mainly the different kinds of membrane proteins and protein complexes? These are the fundamental questions that will be addressed within this CRC. As model systems, we have chosen different uni- and multicellular organisms to investigate identity and dynamics of their membrane systems. Our studies will comprise a two-pronged approach, starting from both, the level of individual membrane proteins and their complexes as well as entire cellular membrane systems.
    We combine in our multifaceted consortium a unique range of structural, biochemical and cell biological technologies, which aims to unravel the molecular and cellular processes within the entire biological relevant timescale from nanoseconds to days. Our multidisciplinary approach, which involves extensive collaborations at the methodological and conceptual level, aims to decipher the multidimensional interplay between components of different membrane systems and the membranes themselves that ultimately form the basis for a wealth of biological processes.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.
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Düsseldorf School of Oncology (UTZ-DSO)
  • Die Düsseldorf School of Oncology DSO ist ein spezielles Ausbildungsprogramm des UTZ Düsseldorf für medizinische und naturwissenschaftliche Doktoranden im Bereich der onkologischen Forschung. Die Düsseldorf School of Oncology hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die Qualität der Ausbildung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses im Bereich der Krebsforschung nachhaltig zu verbessern.

    Durch eine umfassende Ausbildung in den Bereichen Biochemie, Zellbiologie, Molekularbiologie, Physiologie, Bioinformatik, Molekularer und Experimenteller Medizin erhalten die Doktoranden eine hervorragende Qualifikation auf dem Gebiet der molekularen Tumorbiologie.

    Für weitere Informationen und offene Stellen besuchen Sie bitte die Homepage.
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Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate Research (HITEC)
  • HITEC is a Helmholtz Graduate School of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the five partner universities Aachen, Bochum, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Wuppertal focusing on energy and climate research. The aim of the Graduate School is to provide PhD students with the expertise and the methodological and communication skills necessary for scientific work on the highest international level. Furthermore, well-founded cross-cutting know-how will be imparted on the scientific, technical and social dimensions of the topic of energy and climate, such as the complex relations between the energy supply and its impact on climate change. HITEC stands for Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.
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iBrain - Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Brain Research and Translational Neuroscience
  • iBrain, the interdisciplinary graduate school for brain research and translational neuroscience at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), provides a first-class research training and qualification program for doctoral researchers working in any of the research groups of the Neuroscience Network Düsseldorf (NND). iBrain is supported by institutional funds of HHU and its Medical Faculty. The common theme of the doctoral projects pursued in iBrain is the investigation of important mechanisms involved in brain function and their disturbances in common brain diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, CNS trauma and brain tumors, with the goal to identify novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets for these mostly incurable diseases. Early stage researchers with a background in the natural sciences or medicine are provided with expert knowledge and skills in basic and translational neuroscience research. For further information on the individual research areas, principal investigators and participating institutions please visit the webpages of the Neuroscience Network Düsseldorf (NND).

    For further information and open pPositions please see the homepage.
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IRTG 1525: The Dynamic response of Plants to a Changing Environment (iGRAD-PLANT)
  • The International Graduate School for Plant Science is offering an international PhD program with excellent research possibilities for young scientists. iGRAD-Plant is a joint program with the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Genetics program of the Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA. In order to achieve international research experience all PhD students in the iGRAD-Plant program perform a 6 to 9 month research stay at the Michigan State University, one of the leading universities of plant science in the USA.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.
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IRTG 1902: Intra- and interorgan communication of the cardiovascular system
  • The IRTG1902 “Intra- and interorgan communication of the cardiovascular system” is a DFG funded international research program which aims to promote international education of graduate students in a cooperation of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.

    The central research idea of the IRTG is the investigation of functional and molecular mechanisms underlying intra- and inter-organ communication as a means to understand normal and pathological cell and organ function. Using a combination of high-end technology in molecular biology, proteomic research, cell biology, transgenic animals, isolated organs, and organ culture we will analyze the role of selected signaling mechanisms as the basis for communication among cardiovascular cells with other cells in close proximity such as fibroblasts, adipocytes and invading immune cells.

    For further information and open positions please visit the homepage of the IRTG 1902.

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Manchot Graduate School Molecules of Infection (MOI II)
  • The aim of the new Graduate School is to implement a unique training for scientific PhD students in the field of infectiology. The young researchers will be trained to discover new strategies for the elimination / clearance of pathogens from the infected host. The projects undertaken by the Manchot Graduate School "Molecules of Infection" (GS MOI) will concentrate on molecules that play important roles during infections, and these will be characterized in the context of specific disease models.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.
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NRW-Fortschrittskolleg Online-Partizipation
  • Das NRW Fortschrittskolleg Online-Partizipation ist ein vom Land Nordrhein-Westfalen gefördertes Graduiertenkolleg, in dem Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus der Betriebswirtschaft, Informatik, Kommunikationswissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft, Rechtswissenschaft und Soziologie gemeinsam mit Partnern aus der Praxis zusammenarbeiten. Ziel des Fortschrittskollegs ist es, die Möglichkeiten des Internets zur Beteiligung von Betroffenen an für sie relevanten Entscheidungen zu untersuchen.Die leitende Fragestellung des Fortschrittskollegs lautet:
    „Wie und unter welchen Bedingungen kann das Potential von Online-Partizipation auf kommunaler Ebene systematisch entwickelt, praktisch genutzt und wissenschaftlich evaluiert werden?“
    Das Fortschrittskolleg befindet sich derzeit in Gründung. Ab Oktober 2014 werden zwölf Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden im Rahmen des Fortschrittskollegs inter- und transdisziplinär an der Beantwortung der leitenden Fragestellung arbeiten. Das Fortschrittskolleg wird von der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf in Kooperation mit der Fachhochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung organisiert.

    Für weitere Informationen und offene Stellen besuchen Sie bitte die Homepage.
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RTG 2158: Natural products and natural product analogs against therapy-resistant tumors and microorganisms: new lead structures and modes of action
  • Unraveling molecular resistance mechanisms against pharmacologically active compounds as well as the search for new bioactive compounds that can overcome either intrinsic or extrinsic resistance are core subjects of pharmaceutical research. This important topic will be investigated within the planned Research Training Group as exemplified by chemoresistant tumors and infections with chemoresistant microbial pathogens. Both forms of diseases are characterized by numerous resistance mechanisms against currently available drugs which may either weaken the success of drug therapy or which will render it completely ineffective. Known resistance mechanisms of tumors and microbial pathogens show functional similarities. Efforts aiming at a combined study of antitumor and of antimicrobial activities will thus lead to a scientific added value, especially as microorganisms often serve as model systems for research on more complex eukaryotic cells. Natural products and analogs inspired by natural products that are derived from stress exposed and hitherto rarely investigated marine organisms and fungal endophytes (e.g. from the People’s Republic of China) will serve as a pool for new lead structures and inspirations for novel molecular tools that will help in unraveling molecular modes of action and resistance mechanisms. The planned Research Training Group is highly interdisciplinary. It will enable graduate students to acquire comprehensive knowledge in important basic as well as applied aspects of modern preclinical drug discovery and will qualify them for future sophisticated professional activities. The planned Research Training Group will further strengthen the already established research priorities of the HHU in the field of tumor and infectious disease research and will add the important aspect of pre-clinical drug discovery. A structured training program for graduate students which includes the acquisition of career relevant key qualifications will be implemented by connecting the planned Research Training Group with other, already existing graduate programs of the HHU. This Research Training Group aims at forming a new generation of experts in the field of molecular drug discovery with a unique interdisciplinary capability for which there is a high demand in academia and in industrial research as well as in regulatory authorities.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.
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RTG 2240: Algebro-Geometric Methods in Algebra, Arithmetic and Topology
  • The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has approved the new Graduiertenkolleg/Research Training Group GRK 2240: Algebro-Geometric Methods in Algebra, Arithmetic and Topology. It is located at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (HHU) and the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW).

    Starting from June 1, 2018 the DFG will fund for an initial period of four and a half year 8 new positions for doctoral researches. These are PhD positions without teaching duty. International applications are welcome, the language of the research training group is english.

    From December 1, 2019 there will be 4 additional positions.

    For further information and open positions please see the homepage.

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Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine
  • The Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) his specialised in the molecular preventive medical research of environmentally-induced disorders.

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Previous Member Programs

CLIB: Graduate Cluster Industrial Biotechnology
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CRC - TR 6: Physics of Colloidal Dispersions in External Fields
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CRC - TR 18: Relativistic Laser Plasma Dynamics
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CRC 590 - Inherent and Adaptive Differentiation Processes
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CRC 663 - Molecular Response to Electronic Excitation
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Evolutionary Networks: Organisms, Reactions, Molecules (E-Norm)
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Manchot Graduate School Molecules of Infection (MOI I)
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NRW Research School BioStruct
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Physics of Complex Colloids: Equilibrium and Driven (ITN-COMPLOIDS)
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The Research Training Group vivid: In vivo models for human metabolic diseases
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RTG 1033: Molecular Targets of Aging Process and Strategies for the Prevention of Aging
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RTG 1203: Dynamics of hot plasmas
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RTG 1427 - Food constituents as triggers of nuclear receptor-mediated intestinal signaling
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Current Member Programs

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