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 twelve 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 October 2023. 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 or the Collaborative Research Centre “Geometry: Deformations and Rigidity”, some by the European Research Council, for example through the grants “Newton strata - geometry and representations” and "Overcoming the curse of dimensionality through nonlinear stochastic algorithms", some by the applied analysis professorship on “Analysis of nonlinear PDEs and applications”, 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 3 hours per week during the semester depending on the source of funding.

Our expectations:

  • A master's degree or equivalent in mathematics or a related field is required.

  • Good English communication skills are required. German language skills are not a requirement.

  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team is expected.

  • A high level of motivation and enjoyment in scientific work is expected.

Advantages for you:
Doctoral researchers profit from the amenities of the Cluster of Excellence and the Mathematics Münster Graduate School, including receiving funding for conference travel or summer schools, 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, master’s or German Diplom) 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 an investigator in a relevant research area at Mathematics Münster.

  • Please arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to before 1 May 2023 (please note the information for referees below).

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

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 May 2023 via our online application form below.

  • 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.

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Application PhD Position 2023/1

Personal information
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Contact information
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Academic education
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Research area (see Projects)
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Please name at least two potential local supervisors in the Cluster of Excellence. The supervisors will be asked to review your application.
Supervisor 1:
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Please upload your application as one single PDF-file (max. 100 MB).
The file should include cover letter, CV, and academic records (diplomas and transcripts). Please also attach a thesis summary and, if applicable, a short example of written academic work (e.g. thesis excerpt).

Please make sure that the PDF contains the following documents and check the respective box.
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Care time

The University of Münster and the Cluster of Excellence are family friendly employers and implement various measures to increase compatibility of family and career. We value, in particular, time devoted to childcare or care of relatives. At the applicant's discretion, such periods can be mentioned in the CV in order that they be taken into consideration when the application is reviewed.

Letters of recommendation

Please arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to before 1 May 2023. We can only accept letters sent to
Please state the name and affiliation of the persons you have asked to provide letters of recommendation.
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