If the HBS training program and research topics have gained your interest, we welcome your application to our school.

If you apply for the PhD program of the UKE or one of the other faculties involved in the HBS, you should have or expect a master in neuroscience, psychology, biology, computer science, physics or related disciplines. Application for the UKE medical doctorate or the MD/PhD program presupposes enrollment as a medical student or completion of the medical state exam, respectively.


If you apply as a junior postdoc, your research should be within the fields covered by the HCNS. Your application presupposes that you hold a postdoctoral position at a department or group within the HCNS.

The HBS is committed to diversity and seeks applications from qualified individuals regardless of their demographic status, gender, or cultural background. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

How to submit your application

Applications for doctoral student positions have to include a motivation letter, a CV, copies of university degrees and a transcript of course records. If you apply as a junior postdoc, please include a motivation letter and a CV. As part of your application, please indicate your preferred research area(s), choosing one or more from the following:

  • Molecular neuroscience

  • Systems neuroscience

  • Clinical neuroscience

  • Cellular neuroscience

  • Cognitive neuroscience

  • Computational neuroscience

  • Network neuroscience

  • Translational neuroscience

  • Artificial cognitive systems

Furthermore, please list the name(s) of one or several HBS faculty members whose group you would be interested to join for your doctoral thesis work. We will forward your application documents to the respective faculty members, who will get in touch with for a potential interview if they have a suitable vacancy and if your profile matches with their current projects.

Please send your application materials (motivation letter, preferred research area(s), name(s) of preferred supervisor(s), CV, copies of university degrees, transcript of course records) as PDF, ideally in one file, to: