Current Calls and Application Rounds
at the Mathematical Institutes and the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster: Dynamics – Geometry – Structure
The calls for PhD and postdoctoral positions at Mathematics Münster for the fall application round have been closed. The next call for PhD positions is scheduled for spring 2024.
Application & Hiring
Applying at Mathematics Münster
Applications are only accepted via the online application form.
Please make sure that you have received an automated confirmation for submitting your application.
Please arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org before the application deadline. Please note that we do not accept letters of recommendation submitted by the applicants.
I have not yet completed my Master's degree, can I still apply for a PhD position?
Yes, it is not necessary to have a completed degree at the time of application. However, you must complete your degree before the starting date of the position.
How can I demonstrate proficiency in English?
You can provide a proof of proficiency either by an official language certificate or by transcripts. If the language of instruction during your studies was English or you attended courses taught in English (as stated on the transcript of records) we accept this as proof of proficiency.
Also, if you have had English in school for several years, we accept this as a proof of proficiency as well.
Will I get informed about the decision of the selection committee?
All applicants will receive a message regarding the outcome of the selection.
Please note that the selection process takes time.
What do I do when I have received an offer?
Offers will be made via email. Please confirm that you have received the offer as soon as possible. Once you have decided to accept the offered position, our management office will contact you with information regarding the hiring process. We will start on your employment contract at least 8 weeks before the agreed starting day.
For doctoral candidates: For the administrative part of the hiring process, you need to hand in your Master's degree certificate or a certificate that you have successfully completed all Master's courses.
For postdoctoral candidates: For the administrative part of the hiring process, you need to hand in your doctoral certificate at least 3 weeks before the starting day.
If you can only provide a transcript of records, please make sure that the transcript includes grades of all courses, your submitted thesis (and defence) and your final/overall grade.
To ensure that you can start your contract, make sure that you have the documents available on time.
Do I need a residence permit?
If you are a non-EU citizen, you will need a visa to enter and/or work in Germany. Once you arrived in Germany, you will in most cases need to have the visa transformed into a residence permit. Please note that among other documents, you will need to provide a copy of your degree certificate(s) for the residence permit.
More information on getting started at Mathematics Münster.
Information on reference letters (PhD)
Please arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent as PDF files before the application deadline directly to email@example.com. Asking referees for reference letters is the responsibilty of the applicant, we will not contact referees to provide letters of recommendation. Please note that we do not accept reference letters submitted by applicants.
Information for referees on doctoral applications
If possible, we kindly ask you to consider the following questions/points in your letter:
- Since when and in which capacity have you known the applicant?
- Please assess the applicant’s intellectual and analytic strength, their mathematical knowledge, their technical mathematical skills, their ambition and their independence.
- Please describe the applicant’s attitude towards academic work, their reliability and their ability for team work.
- Comment on the applicant’s proficiency in English.
- Would you accept this applicant as a graduate student at your own institution?
Letters of recommendation should be sent as PDF files directly to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline. You will receive a confirmation of receipt.