Katrin Wittig

phone +49 30 94793 180
wittig (at)

If you are interested in becoming a PhD student at the FMP, please have a look at About us - Job offers to find open positions.


If you are already a member of the FMP and want to join the FMP Graduate School you can register  here.


The documentation form for the Thesis Committee Meetings can be found here.

If you have just started your doctoral thesis, you will find the Welcome Package of the Leibniz PhD Network here.

Information for PhD students and candidates

FMP Graduate School

FMP takes very seriously the task of educating our PhDs and nurturing the first stages of their careers. The FMP offers a lively and stimulating environment for students including many events with our Campus neighbor, the MDC. The Phd students participate in the program of the FMP Graduate School, which consists of Scientific Training, Thesis Committee meetings and Career Training. Additionally the FMP has concluded cooperaton agreements with the Humboldt Graduate School (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and the Dahlem Research School (Freie Universität Berlin) to extend the range of courses.


General information

Every new PhD student needs to register for the FMP Graduate School. Please register here.

We recommend that the students enroll in the university as soon as possible. After enrolling, the university will provide you with a semester ticket, which serves as a ticket for public transportation. Information about the enrollment process are provided here: HU Chemistry, HU Biology, FU Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

The members of the thesis committee and the working title of the dissertation must be chosen no later than 6 months after the start of the PhD. A folder is kept for all doctoral students in which their participation in the graduate school is confirmed.


Requirements for PhD students

Thesis Committee Meetings

Every PhD student has a Thesis Committee with at least two committee members. This committee consists of the primary research advisor and up to two other committee members. It would be desirable if the other members are later reviewers of the doctoral thesis. It is not necessary that all committee members are from the FMP.


The first committee meeting should take place about 1 month before the end of the first year of the PhD. All further meetings are then carried out on an annual basis.

The PhD students will be asked 3 months before the annual meeting to arrange an appointment for the meeting. One month before the appointment, a reminder will be sent to the doctoral candidate. At this time the group leader is informed as well about the upcoming meeting.

If there is no response by the scheduled date, the next reminder will be sent to the doctoral candidate, the group leader and the department head.


The doctoral student prepares a presentation, in which her/his results and the next steps are clearly presented. This presentation should be sent to the Thesis Committee no later than 5 days in advance.


In the Thesis Committee Meeting, the doctoral candidate is asked to give a lecture of 10 to max. 20 min, followed by a discussion. The Thesis Committee consults and then communicates any decisions or advice to the doctoral student.


The meeting will be documented with a provided form and submitted to the FMP Graduate School. (see documentation form)


List of PIs present at FMP:

PI Department Affilation
Prof. Dorothea Fiedler Chem. Bio. HU Berlin / Chemie
Prof. Christian Hackenberger Chem. Bio. HU Berlin / Chemie
Prof. Volker Haucke Mol.Phys./Cell. Bio FU Berlin / Biochemie & Pharmazie
Prof. Thomas Jentsch Mol.Phys./Cell. Bio Charité / Klinische Physiologie
Dr. Janine Kirstein Mol.Phys./Cell. Bio
Dr. Ronald Kühne Struct. Bio
Prof. Adam Lange Struct. Bio HU Berlin / Biologie
PD Dr. Tanja Maritzen Mol.Phys./Cell. Bio FU Berlin / Biochemie
Dr. Marc Nazaré Chem. Bio. Lehrauftrag Uni Bielefeld
Prof. Hartmut Oschkinat Struct. Bio FU Berlin / Chemie
Prof. Andrew Plested Mol.Phys./Cell. Bio HU Berlin / Biologie (Heisenberg-Professur)
Dr. Peter Schmieder Struct. Bio
Dr. Leif Schröder Struct. Bio
Prof. Ralf Schülein Mol.Phys./Cell. Bio Charité / Pharmakologie und Toxikologie
Dr. Jens von Kries Chem. Bio.
Dr. Alexander Walter Mol.Phys./Cell. Bio
Dr. Fan Liu Chem. Bio

Scientific Training

Each PhD student is required to participate in seminars at the FMP. These seminars include:

  • Marthe Vogt seminars
  • Work-in-progress talks
  • Seminars of the sections (Bereichsseminare)
  • Group meetings

In addition each PhD student should present his/her research once in front of a larger audience at the FMP or at a conference. Financial support for participation in a conference is given by the graduate school (see benefits). The student collects confirmation of participation plus an abstract of the talk or a copy of the poster in his booklet.

The participation of the PhD student in FMP seminars or conferences is confirmed upon completion of his PhD by his/her thesis advisor.

The participation in the FMP Winter School (every 2nd year) and at least one FMP/MDC retreat is mandatory.

Other Activities

The FMP Graduate School strongly depends on participation and additional commitment from its members. The PhD students are encouraged to contribute as PhD representatives or at FMP-related events (e.g. Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Girls’ Day, Organization of the FMP Winter School or FMP/MDC retreat etc.).




Every PhD student should attend at least one conference during the doctoral time. To support the attendance, the FMP Graduate School provides a travel grant of up to 700 €. The presentation of a poster or oral presentation is mandatory to receive this grant. Applications for travel grants can be submitted to Katrin Wittig ( and should include the name of the conference as well as an abstract of the poster or oral presentation. Application form

The FMP Graduate School offers several training and soft-skill courses throughout the year. In addition, there is a cooperation agreement with the Humboldt Graduate School. All members of the FMP Graduate School can take advantage of the Humboldt Graduate School offers. Information about the courses can be obtained on the Homepage of the Humboldt Graduate School:

The offered courses include

  • Career Development
  • Soft Skills (e.g. Time and Conflict management)
  • Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Good Scientific Practice
  • Computer courses (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc).

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Campus Berlin-Buch
Robert-Roessle-Str. 10
13125 Berlin, Germany
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