Opportunities within the MMGS

In addition to a comprehensive range of mathematical lectures and seminars, as well as a personal mentoring program, MMGS researchers also profit from the amenities of the Cluster of Excellence, such as receiving funding for conference travel or summer schools, gaining opportunities to co-organise scientific events and participating in numerous networking opportunities and events. Further information.
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Broaden your mathematical horizon

The MMGS has a broad variety of advanced lectures, seminars and courses on recent and fundamental research topics to broaden the horizon regarding neighboring mathematical fields. In addition to this, there are wide range of informal events specially for doctoral students. For additional scientific events consider also the ‘Wochenplan des Fachbereichs Mathematik und Informatik‘.

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In addition to their scientific supervisor, who provides support on all aspects of the dissertation, each doctoral researcher of the MMGS chooses a mentor who can provide additional guidance in the doctoral researcher’s academic and personal development. Generally, the mentor will be another professor, but in exceptional cases, a postdoc may be chosen as mentor. The mentoring shall ensure the transparency of the doctoral process (e.g. through regular progress review meetings together with the supervisor and mentor) and helps to detect and solve potential difficulties and problems early on. In case of conflict situations, the mentor may offer support and act as a mediator.

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Going Abroad: research stays for doctoral researchers

Doctoral researchers of the MMGS have the opportunity to go abroad for up to 6 months for short or long intensive research stays, for in-depth collaborations on projects and to strengthen the international research networks. The Clusters funds allowances for living costs, travel, and if applicable tuition fees. Applications are to be submitted by the doctoral researchers including supporting statements of a Mathematics Münster investigator and of the host institution.

Further, the Cluster provides travel funds for international collaborations and conference visits for all doctoral researchers of the MMGS. Funds can be applied for easily via the internal portal.

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Collaboration and Networking

The Young Mathematician Conference Network gives doctoral researchers of the MMGS the opportunity to organise conferences and summer schools on their own responsibility, together with other doctoral researchers or postdocs. The Cluster supports the event financially and organisationally.

Through the programmes "Münster Research Fellows" and "Münster Young Research Fellows"distinguished mathematicians and outstanding young researchers are invited to a long-term stay in Münster. Both programmes give you the opportunity to get in touch and work with the best researchers from around the world, which in turn might lay the groundwork for stays abroad our even your first post-doc position.

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Gender and Diversity

Ada Lovelace Fellowships for doctoral researchers

The goal of the Ada Lovelace Fellowship is to increase gender diversity in mathematics. It is awarded excellent women on PhD level and includes a 25% supplementary position. The selection of the fellows by the AfWiN (Committee on Research and Young Scientists) is based on the academic performance and grades which have already been achieved in the Bachelor and Master studies.

Further education measures at the University of Münster for female junior researchers.

"Women's Network": regular meetings of female professors and junior researchers.

Extension of employment contract during maternity leave or family-related leave possible.

One-person offices with suitable equipment for pregnant women and young parents.

Improved re-entry after family-related leave through additional travel and guest funds, SHK funds, etc.

Support for taking the child with you and for childcare during business trips.


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Soft skills

Additional qualification and career planning: The University of Münster Graduate Centre offers a diverse programme which is divided into four modules: (1) academic work, (2) soft skills and interdisciplinary competences, (3) career planning and orientation and (4) networking - exchange - culture.

Higher education teaching: Offers of the Centre for Higher Education Teaching with course programmes and various advisory services, including competence enhancement for digital teaching-learning formats.

Third-party funding expertise: The SAFIR research funding advisory service advises and supports doctoral researchers in the acquisition and strategic use of third-party funding.