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The DFG research training group “Strong and Weak Interactions - From Hadrons to Dark Matter” at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill up to three positions for

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

The positions are available to commence from 1 June 2022 and are tied to working towards a doctorate (PhD). We are offering the fixed-term, part-time positions (75% FTE) for up to three years. Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.

The structure of the DFG-funded research training group (Graduiertenkolleg) is based on joint education and research undertaken by theoretical and experimental physicists, working on nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics, computer scientists and mathematicians ( In relation to strong interactions, we aim for precision in experiments and theoretical predictions in the following areas of investigation: the transition from the quark gluon plasma into bound hadrons, the parton distributions in cold nuclear matter and the properties of mesons. In relation to weak interactions, we investigate more speculative questions beyond the Standard Model, especially those related to dark matter and neutrinos.

Your tasks:

  • collaboration and participation in projects and activities of the above externally funded research training group GRK 2149
  • collaboration in research and teaching
  • These positions are tied to working towards a doctorate (PhD).

Our expectations:

  •  A very good master’s degree or diploma in physics is required.
  •  Substantiated knowledge of nuclear, particle or astroparticle physics is desirable.
  •  Good command of written and spoken English is advantageous.
  •  German language skills would be advantageous but are not a requirement.
  •  team orientation, good communication and organisational skills, ability to work independently

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women in academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Applications are expected to include the usual documents:

  •  a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and certificates,
  •  two letters of reference,
  •  a letter explaining your motivation for joining our research training group and your research interests.

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application via email by 31 March 2022, in PDF format, to the spokesperson of the research training group:

The University of Münster
Institute of Theoretical Physics
Prof Michael Klasen
Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 9
48149 Münster