Our PhD programmes will advance your skills not only in an academic way

Structured PhD

Die strukturierte Promotion verbindet individuelle Forschung mit einem umfassenden Programm mit wissenschaftlichen Kursen und Soft Skills. An der JGU wird die strukturierte Promotion von der MAINZ Graduate School of Materials Science in Zusammenarbeit mit Forschungszentren vor Ort, wie dem Max-Planck-Graduiertenzentrum und der Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research angeboten.Die durchschnittliche Dauer einer strukturierten Promotion beträgt drei Jahre.

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5 Reasons for your PhD at JGU

  • 1.

    Clear structure and a wide range of support opportunities

    Doctoral candidates who choose a structured doctoral program have a clear advantage. Our students take part in scientific training and get the opportunity to broaden their perspectives in complementary skills courses.

    Our support structure offers a wide range of ways to assist our students during their doctorates. Our staff helps with everyday problems such as finding an apartment or opening a bank account.

  • 2.

    Get advice from experts in and outside JGU

    Our PhD students will have the opportunity to be advised by a mentor in academia or industry. This mentor provides advice and support in the student's academic and personal progress.

    Seminars and lab courses, as well as scientific workshops with international lecturers are carefully structured to students' needs. Besides the scientific training during the PhD, complementary skills are also taught.

  • 3.

    Effective Mentoring for guidance and inspiration

    Most of our students successfully complete their PhD project within three years. This is a challenge that requires good planning, discipline, time and inspiration.

    Through mentorship and with the support of the supervisor, we maximize guidance effectiveness to help our students reach their ambitious goals and get ready for their next career steps.

  • 4.

    Get ready for a fully funded PhD program

    JGU offers junior researchers a fully funded program through a variety of sources. If students get accepted into our graduate school funding is then secured. This includes allowances for language course as well as research travel costs and much more.

    PhD students at JGU are hired by the involved research institutes as research assistants. With their contract of employment JGU offers a fixed curriculum, individual support, a defined duration and regular funding.

  • 5.

    A program tailored individually to fit everybody's needs

    Our structured PhD program aims at providing a flexible and individually tailored training program. It offers our students a training structure that can be adapted to their individual career needs.

    This strategy is reflected by our training concept, which is based upon a well-balanced combination of independent high-level research in our laboratories and among renowned researches at JGU and its affiliated institutions.

What our professors say about JGU

Prof. Dr. Lucia Masetti

Professor for Experimental Particle Physics, ATLAS Group

"Advanced physics studies allow you to follow your curiosity to explain the basic laws of nature."

Prof. Dr. Concettina Sfienti

Physics professor, nuclear physicist in love with science!

"Concettina Sfienti on building bridges for young researchers at the new Master Academy and passing on the love of science"

Jun. Prof. Dr. Matthias Schott

Lichtenberg Professor at ETAP group (Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics)

"A Master’s is essential for a career in research and industry."

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Wittig

Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics & coordinator of PRISMA Cluster of Excellence

"As a Master’s ‘student’ at JGU, you are already treated as a researcher."

Prof. Dr. Jure Demsar

Professor for solid state experimental physics

"Physics is a future-oriented field because it drives technological advancement"

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Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Faculty Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
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    55128 Mainz, Germany
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