The Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB) is a modern research centre, which is funded by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, a charity with a long tradition in promoting outstanding research in medicine, biology, chemistry and pharmaceutical science. The foundation has dedicated 100 million Euro (approx. 140M US$) for a period of ten years to cover the scientific running of IMB. This generous core funding ensures that our scientists have all it takes to compete at the very forefront of science and allows our groups to embark on  long-term innovative projects. IMB's Founding Director was Christof Niehrs, and the institute is currently headed by Executive Director, René Ketting.

IMB is housed in a purpose-built research building with a modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art scientific facilities and spacious areas for scientific exchange and socialising.

Our aim is to conduct basic and applied research in developmental biology, epigenetics, genome stability and related biomedical areas. IMB is a non-profit company, but it operates like an academic research centre. Our status does, however, allow us flexible management structures and to remunerate our staff with competitive salaries.

Hierarchies at IMB are deliberately flat, and our research groups enjoy full independence. The working language at IMB is English and we are proud of our international and innovative atmosphere.

We are a young research centre with a clear focus on excellence. By the end of 2015, we aim to have over 200 staff and more than 17 groups, investigating questions at the cutting edge of biomedicine. As such, we offer excellent opportunities for young, ambitious scientists to work in an international and dynamic research environment in the heart of Europe.

To download a PDF of the current IMB flyer, please click here: PDF (8 MB file)

In 2014, the IMB was awarded the hallmark of quality "Innovative through Research" by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (a business community initiative promoting research and education in Germany). For more information, please see