Welcome to the website of the new International Max Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry (IMPRS-TP).

The IMPRS-TP PhD program provides first class training to internationally outstanding students who are passionate about molecular, cellular and systemic psychiatric research.

Research areas covered within the Program are molecular medicine, neuroscience, psychiatry, quantitative epigenetics and imaging, neuroimaging, design-based stereology and clinical studies.

In addition to traditional PhD positions, we offer a unique integrated PhD/residenceprogram in psychiatry to exceptional medical doctors. 

Timeline of important dates

2018/2019 Application window for available positions is now open. 

  • All applications have to be submitted through our Online Application Tool.
  • Application deadline: December 15 2018 (12:00 - noon CET).
  • Deadline for references: December 21, 2018 (12:00 - noon CET).
  • Candidates will be notified by End of January 2019.
  • Interview-days in Munich: February 27 - March 1, 2019.

IMPRS-TP is a joint initiative of leading scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology and the Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich (LMU).

Further collaborations have been established with the Munich Medical Research School (MMRS), the Helmholtz Center Munich, the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN), Martinsried, Germany and King’s College London, UK.

IMPRS-TP is co-funded by the Else-Kröner-Fresenius Foundation.


Application is now open!

September 12, 2018

Neural and genetic foundations of individuality and personality

November 06, 2017

Individual people behave differently in given situations – just as individual animals do. Carlos Pantoja from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology aims to understand how such individual behavioral differences are embedded in an individual's brain ...

Neuronal circuits of fear

September 06, 2017

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric diseases. However, how fear and anxiety arise in the brain and how they mediate emotion-related behaviors, remains largely unknown. Scientists assume that the brain's insular cortex bears a central ...

Upcoming Seminars & Events

Chromatin-directed alternative splicing in brain reward regions

Dr. Elizabeth A. Heller
Oct 16, 2018 15:00 - 16:00
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Room: Lecture Hall

Characterization of novel mouse model reveals a new role for FKBP5

Laura Blair
Oct 23, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Room: Kraepelin Seminarroom

Personalized medicine in Depression: hype or hope?

Dr Brenda Penninx
Nov 6, 2018 15:00 - 16:00
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Room: Lecture Hall

Class I TAC2 Deadline

TAC 2 deadline!
Feb 9, 2019
IMPRS-TP Coordination Office | MMRS Office

One of many reasons to join the Munich Life Science Community: Unique opportunity to participate in collaborative events like Responsible Research 2017.

Recent publications

Bolis & Schilbach 2018
Engel+al 2018
Comes et al. Translational Psychiatry (2018)8:160
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