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PhD Positions

You have completed an MSc or equivalent degree at a university and are interested to engage in research? Then you might be interested in our doctoral study opportunities. Different from many universities outside Europe, there is no PhD school to which you could apply. In Wuppertal, doctoral students are rather considered research assistants who are employed at a specific chair, where - apart from engaging in research - they also support teaching activities. Doctoral students receive a salary as well as social benefits. You are invited to apply to an open doctoral student position that suits your interest. Some of the open positions are listed below, but we invite you to contact a faculty member if you want to learn about additional opportunities and potential scholarship programs.

Quick facts
Dr.-Ing. or Dr. rer.nat.
max. 6 years
no credit points
English or German
Salary according to TVL grade
MSc or equivalent required

Completing a doctorate degree qualifies you to ...

  • advance the frontier of knowledge
  • teach and instruct students
  • independently conduct research projects
  • be employed as an industry researcher
  • further develop your academic career

Promotion Process

While the detailed regulations depend on the School in which you will be employed, a successfully completed degree from an accredited university, generally at the MSc level, is required to start the promotion. During your time as a doctoral candidate, you will engage in research projects, support the teaching activities at your Chair, and develop your own research profile in collaboration with your supervising professor. Once you finished your dissertation, you can issue a request to open the promotion process. An independent commission will evaluate your dissertation and you will have to publicly defend your work. While it is not strictly necessary before submitting the dissertation, it is common that doctoral candidates continuously publish their results in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals.

Doctoral Study Regulations

In the regulatory documents linked below, you can find detailed information about the doctoral studies at the University of Wuppertal. The framework regulations apply to all doctoral candidates at the University. The detailed regulations depend on whether you seek to obtain a degree (Dr.-Ing.) from the School of Electrical, Information and Media Engineering, or a degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from the School of Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.

Open PhD Positions

The following is an incomplete list of open PhD positions. For information on how to apply please refer to the Call for Applications. Do not hesitate to contact our faculty members if your are interested in research opportunities in a specific group.

Percentage Topic Area Supervisor Application Deadline Call for Applications