Ph.D. Student Positions in Human Origins

We invite applications for the Leipzig School of Human Origins (, an international Ph.D. program of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Leipzig.

This program provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for university graduates who wish to work towards a Ph.D. in anthropology, archaeology, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, evolutionary genetics, human behavioral ecology, paleoanthropology, primatology, psychology, and related fields. Candidates apply for one of the following four disciplines of the program:

1) Comparative and Molecular Primatology
2) Paleogenomics
3) Paleoanthropology
4) Human Behavioral Ecology and Developmental Psychology

Graduate students will be accepted to only one of these areas but will have the opportunity to take part in courses and seminars in all of them. Our Ph.D. program is open for international students and is designed as a 3-year-program.

We invite applications from all countries. Applicants hold a Master’s degree, a Diploma or equivalent in one of the above, or related, fields. It is not necessary to hold the degree at the point of application. However, you must have been awarded your degree prior to the start of the program in September 2017.

Candidates have to be fluent in written and spoken English. German is not required but international students will be offered opportunities to take German language courses.

Ph.D. students are supported by Max Planck support contracts (50 percent of Pay Group 13 of the Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service, TVöD) which are provided by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, by Ph.D. contracts or fellowships provided by the University of Leipzig or a third party; or by funding that has been obtained by the student.

Term of Appointment: September 2017
Application Deadline: 01 December 2016

Visit for information on living in Leipzig, Germany, in the center of Europe.