Doctoral Positions at Mathematics Münster

Benefit from the stimulating atmosphere at the department and use the invaluable opportunity to learn from faculty and visitors, to collaborate and network.

The Mathematics Münster Graduate School at the University of Münster, Germany,  is seeking to fill up to nine positions for

Doctoral Research Associates
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 75%)

to commence at the earliest possible date and no later than July 2024. Positions are available in all mathematical fields related to the work being undertaken at the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster:  “Dynamics – Geometry –Structure”.

We are offering the fixed-term part-time positions (75% FTE) for 3 years. Some of the positions are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), for example through the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster, and some by the mathematical institutes of the University of Münster. The financial terms of the positions remain consistent regardless of the funding source. The main selection criterion is academic excellence.

Your tasks:
This position is tied to working towards a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in any mathematical field related to the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster. Successful candidates may be required to teach up to 4 hours per week during the semester (for full-time positions) depending on the source of funding.

Our expectations:

  • A university degree with above average grades in mathematics or a related field that meets the qualifications required for a doctorate is essential.
  • Research interests that align with or foster links between the research areas at Mathematics Münster are required.
  • Above average mathematical ability, as well as intellectual and analytical strength are expected.
  • A high level of motivation and enjoyment in scientific work, ambition and commitment is expected.
  • Good English communication skills are necessary but German language skills are not a requirement.
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team is expected.

Advantages for you:
The successful candidates will profit from the amenities of the Cluster of Excellence and the Mathematics Münster Graduate School, including funding for conference travel or summer schools and opportunities to co-organise academic events and participate in numerous networking opportunities and events.

Application documents:

  • Applications should contain a cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates (bachelor’s and master’s) and full academic transcripts, as well as evidence of proficiency in English.
  • Applicants are invited to include examples of their academic work if appropriate.
  • Applicants should also nominate at least two potential local supervisors listed as investigators in a relevant research area at Mathematics Münster.
  • Please arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to by the referees before 1 November 2023.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

If you have any questions, please contact Please also consult our answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the application process.

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 November 2023 via our online application form below (please note that we cannot consider other application formats).

  • Information on reference letters for referees

    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 directly to before the deadline. You will receive a confirmation of receipt.



The application phase is closed.