Frequently asked questions

What is the deadline for applying to the IMB Postdoc Programme (IPPro)?

The deadline for online registration is 28 January 2021 at 12:00 noon CET; applications will be open until 04 February 2021 at 12:00 noon CET. Please note that if you have not registered online, you cannot apply.

Who can apply to the IPPro?

We are looking for exceptionally bright and ambitious postdocs and graduating PhD students who are eager to face the challenges of working at the forefront of science in an international environment. For more information, see Apply to the IPPro call.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit to enter the IPPro. 

Is there a postdoc age limit?

There is no limit as to how many years after your PhD you can apply to the IPPro. However, you should not have covered a position higher than the postdoc when you apply to enter the IPPro.

I do not have a PhD yet. Can I apply?

If you are expecting to complete your doctoral studies within 6 months after the application deadline, you are eligible. Please indicate the date you expect to finish your doctoral studies in your online application.

What is the working language of IMB?

The official working language at IMB is English. 

Can I apply for more than one PI?

Yes, in our application form you can indicate the names of up to 5 principal investigators with whom you would like to work. However, we strongly recommend you narrow down your choices to as few as possible, in order to make your application stronger and better tailored to the position you apply for.

Do I have to provide a certificate as proof of my English skills?

No, this is not a requirement. However, proficiency in English, both written and verbal, is a prerequisite for working at IMB.

How many reference letters do I need to support my application?

You need at least two reference letters.

How much time do the referees have to upload their reference letters?

Referees can upload their letters via the link provided until the deadline on 04 February at 12:00 noon CET. Please make sure that you inform your referees of your application in advance, so that they have enough time to prepare their letters.

My referee has not received an email with the link and request to submit the reference letter for me. What should I do?

Please contact your referee to check if perhaps her/his spam filter has blocked our email. If this is not the case, please contact the IPPro Coordinator (email).

Will I receive confirmation after registering online?

Yes, you will. Once you have submitted your online registration, you will receive an email with a personalised link to the application form. If you do not receive it, please check if your spam filter has blocked the email.

Can I make changes to my application after submitting it?

No, unfortunately you cannot make changes after submitting your application. We advise that you prepare all the necessary documents and information before you start the online application.

Can I change my referees after registrering?

No, unfortunately you cannot change your referees or make changes to their contact information after registering. We advise that you inform your referees in advance and that you make sure to include their correct contact details upon registration.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I apply again for future calls?

Yes, you are welcome to apply again. However, please note that our system will not save your application, so you will have to register and fill out the necessary forms again.


If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact our IPPro Coordinator (email).