About us

Welcome to the homepage of the doctoral school for "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques". We are an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) that is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPICE), the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (FSU), and the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (HKI).

The main focus of our school is the use of molecular, chemical and neuroethological techniques to experimentally explore ecological interactions under natural conditions. We study interactions between plants, animals, microbes and their environment, as well as the behavioral consequences of these interactions. For further information please visit the research pages.

Doctoral students prepare for their PhD exam in a 3-year structured program that includes lectures, practical courses, outreach activities, and participation in internal and international conferences. All courses are held in English. The doctoral degree is granted by the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. A detailed description of the IMPRS curriculum can be found here.

Admission to the school is possible either through the annual recruitment or a written application to the school committee. Each year, up to four IMPRS doctoral positions are awarded following a competitive, worldwide call for applications. The application procedure and details on the current application call are described here.

The IMPRS is part of the “Jena School for Microbial Communication” (JSMC) which was established in 2006 as an umbrella organization for three existing Research Training Groups.

A roll-up and flyer of the IMPRS in Jena are available for download. If you follow the link you can watch a movie about our IMPRS in Jena and the IMPRS in Magdeburg.

IMPRS students in front of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology