PhD Fellowship in Signalling Dynamics in Cells and Tissues at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Ghana

Applications Open


The German Research Chair, Prof. Nick Monk at AIMS Ghana, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Kevin Thurley at the Universitätsklinikum (University of Bonn, Germany), is offering Ph.D. fellowships at the AIMS Ghana Research Centre in Accra. These fellowships are made available and funded by the DAAD to promote international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

Scientific interests

We are looking for excellent candidates with strong interest in research in Mathematical Modelling of Cell and Tissue Dynamics. The research topics will be mathematical, motivated by processes involved in the regulation of the spatiotemporal dynamics of cells and tissues, with particular emphasis on embryonic development and immunology.
Among others, we are seeking for candidates with a strong interest in one of the following areas:

  • Mathematical modelling.
  • Mathematical biology and medicine.
  • Differential Equation models and Dynamical Systems.
  • Spatial Pattern Formation.
  • Numerical Solution of Differential Equation and stochastic models


  • A good Master’s degree in mathematical sciences (two-year degree is preferred).
  • Strong interest in one of the areas indicated above.
  • Experience in mathematical modelling; experience in mathematical biology is a plus.
  • Excellent academic track record.
  • Good communication skills in English.
  • Good coding / numerical simulation skills (e.g. Python, Matla, C and similar) are an advantage.
  • Preferably a national of an African country.

Scholarship benefits

  • The Ph.D. positions are tenable for 3 years, contingent on satisfactory progress, and could be extended for one more year.
  • Monthly scholarships are €1,275 (during stays in Ghana) and €1,200 (during research stays in Germany).
  • Tuition fees are covered.
  • Travel costs (if applicable) are covered.
  • Health insurance costs are covered.
  • Additional benefits are made available for mobility when commencing and finishing the scholarship in Ghana and for research stay at the University of Bonn during the doctoral project.
  • The positions are expected to start as soon as practicable.

Fellowship holder
Successful fellows are expected to conduct research in the thematic areas indicated in the section “Scientific interests”. They are expected to publish their results in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and to be actively engaged in the research activities of the German Research Chair, as well as contribute to the implementation of the cooperation between the Chair and the Universitätsklinikum / University of Bonn in Germany.

Fellows are also expected to have some involvement in the AIMS Ghana academic programs. Fellows will be affiliated with AIMS Ghana, but they will be encouraged to conduct scientific visits in Germany.

Click Application Form for more details.

The deadline for the applications is Friday 23 February, 2024.

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