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11 PhD and 1 postdoc position, Germany

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FRASCAL offers 11 doctoral positions in projects P1 through P11 and 1 postdoctoral position in project P12. The call for applications is open until August 31st, 2018, the projects will start on January 1st, 2019.

The RTG (Research Training Group) 2423 has financial resources with which it finances gender mainstreaming, for example courses that increase the career chances of young female researchers or measures for improving the compatibility of work and family life.

We will offer you the possibility to perform research within an interdisciplinary team in a highly innovative and active research area comprising mechanics, material sciences, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Two principal advisors (PAs) will guide you as mentors through your research project. In addition to the research programme, FRASCAL’s dedicated qualification programme will offer you mini lectures, soft skills training and RTG seminars, as well as RTG retreats, alumni & visitor workshops and mini symposia. For further details see our qualification programme.

Your work location is at FAU. Remuneration is at E 13 TV-L (full-time) according to the German public service salary scale.

With one application, you may apply for up to three doctoral projects within FRASCAL.

You are eligible to apply if:

  • you either hold or are about to obtain a M.Sc. degree in one of the following areas: mechanics, material sciences, mathematics, chemistry, physics, or in a closely related field
  • you are proficient in the English language; knowledge of the German language is welcome
  • you have strong interpersonal skills and are able to work in a team

Necessary documents:

  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page) including an order of preference for the projects you are applying for
  • Copy of Master degree (if not yet available, please send Bachelor degree instead)
  • Academic transcripts (with grades and rankings)
  • Brief summary of Master’s thesis (max. 1 page)
  • Short CV
  • Letter/s of recommendation and publication list (if any)

Applications can be sent either by postal mail to:

RTG 2423
Martensstraße 5a
91058 Erlangen

Or by e-mail to:

In case of e-mail application, all of the requested documents must be collected in a single pdf file that must not exceed 10 MB. If you have any questions concerning a specific project please contact the corresponding principal advisor.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

What happens after you have applied?

We will come back to you soon after the application deadline is over. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a two-day recruitment symposium, which will be held on October 11th and 12th in Erlangen. At this symposium each candidate is expected to give a 10 min presentation and will afterwards be interviewed by the prospective mentors. Candidates will also be given the opportunity to visit the research labs of the PAs. The successful candidates will be announced as soon as possible. Applications received after the deadline might still be considered if the corresponding positions have not been filled yet.

For all job offers the following applies:

The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) promotes the professional equality of women. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.
Handicapped persons with the same professional qualification and personal suitability for the advertised job are treated preferentially.
At the request of the applicant, the Equal Opportunity Officer may be called into for the job interview without it being held to the disadvantage of the applicant.

Your application may be printed, copied and is subject to the normal application procedure. All saved personal data will be deleted by February 2019.

Further information can be found here: Imprint and Privacy


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