PIER Helmholtz Graduate School

A Graduate Education Program of Universität Hamburg in Cooperation with DESY

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Next call: 15 October – 15 December 2017

Apply from 15 October 2017

The PIER Helmholtz Graduate School is looking forward to receiving applications of talented doctoral candidates, who are holding a Master degree or who are nearing graduation in the PIER research fields. Interdisciplinary PhD projects are welcome. Please read the information below carefully and then submit your data to our online application database.

How to apply & what you need if you want to work with us:

Become familiar with the local research teams in your research field and name your favorites in our application form. See here for an overview of research teams. Please submit your application to our application database. You have to complete the process in one session, it is not possible to log onto the system again to complete parts of the application.

  1. Master’s degree (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, medicine or related fields. Applications from students who are nearing graduation are also welcome. We can only accept applications who have a Master´s degree or a forecast with grade B+ or better.
  2. Master’s degree or diploma certificate with transcript of records
  3. Motivation letter including a description of your own research interests and experience
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Two references. Please ask your assessors if you may enter their names in the application form before you submit your application. Your assessors and yourself will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation of receipt once the assessment(s) has/have been received. You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation of receipt after submitting your application.

Please note: We recruit PhD students for more than 100 research teams in Hamburg. Successful candidates will be employed as research assistants at DESY or Universität Hamburg.The salary for research assistants is approximately 1800 € (pre-tax, this corresponds to 50% TVL 13, the collective wage agreement). Funding is not provided by the graduate school but by the research teams. As the group leaders decide upon the timing for interviews and the start of the PhD projects our timeline is not binding but for the orientation of the candidates.

You can start a PhD at Universität Hamburg year-round, there is no fixed start date.The tuition fees at Universität Hamburg are fully covered by the German government, only an administrative fee will have to be paid per semester (6 months). The fee varies each semester between € 290 -350. The fee includes a public transport ticket for Hamburg.

Excellent reasons to study with us:
1. Academic training provided by international experts
2. Access to unique technologies such as the world’s brightest storage ring PETRA III, the free-electron laser FLASH and FLASH II, and the superlative X-ray laser source XFEL
3. University of Hamburg among the best global Universities for physics: no. 2 in Germany
4. PhD within three years with regular feedback from your scientific advisory team
5. Contract as a research assistant at University of Hamburg or DESY (salary approx. 1.800€ pre-tax per month) including health care and social insurance coverage
6. Financial support for research trips, conferences and childcare
7.Interdisciplinary research and work in a cosmopolitan environment
8. Acquisition of key competences for your future career in science, business or industry
9. Comprehensive student support service including leisure activities and language courses
10. Hamburg is one of Europe’s most livable cities with a rich academic, cultural and artistic life

Parisa Bayat
Parisa Bayat
Giovanni Rabuffo
Giovanni Rabuffo
Theoretical Physics
Markus Ebert
Markus Ebert
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
Nele Müller
Nele Müller
Photon Science
Event Calendar
23 Oct. 2017 14:00
Location: CFEL, Room MR O3.112
23 Oct. 2017 16:00
Speaker: Dr. Minjae Kim
Location: room 222
23 Oct. 2017 16:30
Speaker: Severin Dieter Lüst
Location: building 2a, SR 2
23 Oct. 2017 16:30
Speaker: Severin Luest
Location: Seminar room 2, building 2A
24 Oct. 2017 11:00
Speaker: Ivan Sobolev (DESY)
Location: SR2
24 Oct. 2017 16:45
Speaker: Teresa Marrodan (MPIK Heidelberg)
Location: Auditorium
25 Oct. 2017 14:30
Speaker: Pranjal Trivedi (Hamburg U.)
Location: build. 2a, SR2
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