Join the Erb lab

Application for Internships and Bachelor's / Master's Theses!


Thank you for your interest in the Erb lab

What we can offer:

  • A highly diverse, interdisciplinary and interactive research group
  • Training in cutting-edge methods on high-end instruments
  • Direct supervision by PostDocs and PhD students
  • Exciting science!

Open applications are welcome and you will have a chance to discuss available projects directly with the respective supervisors. For organizational reasons, we ask you to apply not more than 6 month before your desired starting date (unless you do not currently have a Schengen VISA, in which case it is preferable to apply around 6 months in advance). Please note that the MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology cannot offer financial support (like a salary/scholarship/grant) for this purpose and you will need to have a passport before a formal internship agreement can be made.

Because our group consists of many international scientists, we suggest you formulate your application in English and send it to (by doing so, you agree to our data protection policy - only available in German).

Please only apply via this mailbox if you are looking for a project/position prior to starting your PhD. If you are interested in a PhD, PostDoc or other paid position, please contact Prof. Tobias Erb (and Nelli Pfeifer) directly.


Please include the following details in your application:

  • Are you applying for an internship or a Bachelor's or Master's thesis?
  • When do you want to start?
  • How long would you like to stay with us?
  • If applicable: Are you particularly interested in specific topics / projects / methods?
  • Your CV (please do not include a picture) - ideally with detailed information on your previous experiences in research

We will consider your application and get back to you within approximately 2 weeks. If there are available positions for your desired time-frame, individual supervisors will get in touch with you to discuss potential projects.


Students in the Master's and Bachelor's program at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and applicants for a PhD position are asked to contact the secretary of the group, Nelli Pfeifer, directly.

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