Admission requirements for acceptance to the Graduate School of the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging – Structure, Dynamics and Control of Matter at the Atomic Scale’ are specified here.
The Graduate School in conjunction with the University of Hamburg offers a doctoral programme for students that culminates in the degree ‘Dr. rer. nat.’.
In order to enter this programme, students must have obtained the minimum of a Master´s degree in Physics, Chemistry or Biology or an equivalent. Please, note that the specialisation needed depends on the particular project: CUI is a highly interdisciplinary research cluster involving many different disciplines.
With respect to grades, it is expected that students applying for entrance to the Graduate School have the equivalent of the (average) grade minimum 2,0 in the German system. This corresponds to an “B+” Grade or better in the American or English system. Thus, a certificate of the university of origin attesting your average grade or, alternatively called, the Grade Point Average (GPA) is mandatory. Such a proof is not necessary when the average grade is reported on the Master certificate.
Candidates will be screened for suitability. In the screening process, the grades, Master or PhD thesis, as well as two letters of recommendation will be taken into account.
The cluster offers excellent research and training opportunities for young researchers on all levels of their career. In the following we specify the underlying concepts and training programme.
The main objective of the training programme is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment and an infrastructure enabling graduate students to acquire the broad knowledge necessary for forefront research in the interdisciplinary areas of the cluster. The students will be equipped with the necessary scientific, technical and methodical skills. Related teaching will be structured into modules organised by the three research areas A,B,C, from which students can individually select their curricula. Several types of modules will be offered including introductory block courses, lectures on textbook and advanced material and, importantly, seminars, journal clubs, tutorials, colloquia and workshops. The teaching program rests on the groups whose research areas span the complete range to be taught within the training programme. This implies that undergraduate and Ph.D. cutting-edge research projects can be offered in all areas of the cluster. The research areas of the cluster encompass the traditional disciplines physics, chemistry and biology under the unifying theme of ultrafast imaging. The course program consists of different categories of modules
- Modules assigned to a certain interdisciplinary research area A,B,C addressing its specific knowledge and skills
- Shared modules of several research areas that provide the know-how to be applied in at least two modules
- Global modules providing the tools, techniques and methods for experiment and theory necessary in all research areas A,B,C
The above structure allows the students to systematically build up their curriculum by choosing appropriate modules which address their personal educational needs for an excellent research performance.
PhD applicants should hold a Master of Science in Physics, Chemistry, or Biology depending on the project. Universität Hamburg intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic personnel and expressly encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, preference will be given to qualified female applicants. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.
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