Application procedure and requirements (with Portal)

Eligibility criteria

Scientific entrance level for doctoral students

Applicants should have – or are about to obtain – a master degree, diploma or an equivalent degree in Natural Sciences or related fields. In general, students hold a degree in physics, chemistry or bioscience. This includes a written thesis, an written or oral test and two years of advanced course work. Degree certificates from non-german universities will have to be approved by the admissions office. Applicants should have a strong interest in the iRTG research program centered on the topic “Polymers: Random coils and beyond” and in cross-disciplinary projects.

Language skills

Very good command of the English language in reading and writing is mandatory, knowledge of the German language is recommended and helpful, but not mandatory.


The application includes the email address of one referee willing to write a letter of recommendation.

Required documents (scanned copies as a pdf file)

– transcript of records from your Bachelor’s studies
– transcript of records from your Master’s studies

Application portal

The application via the application portal includes all necessary information for the successful selection process. You will have to directly supply or upload information on the project you are interested in, your motivation, the CV, your present scientific achievements, skills and qualifications, which are all essential for the selection process.

Application Procedure

Stage 1 (application):
Please submit your data via the application portal to the SFB/TRR 102 office. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically after you have submitted your information.

Stage 2 (review process):
Review of your application. Applications will be independently reviewed by several members of the committee of the integrated Research Training Group. Key points for your consideration as a candidate are academic qualification, research experience and motivation.
The review will start after the application deadline and will take approximately three weeks. In case of speculative applications, we will also contact you within three weeks.

Stage 3 (telephone interview):
Candidates with suitable qualifications may be asked to participate in a telephone interview for further evaluation.

Stage 4 (personal interview):
Conversation with members of the possible research projects. Decision about acceptance.