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Open calls

GSNS calls for applications four times a year. You can apply for a PhD position via:

The general call

Here you can apply for a PhD position with your own project description. An application for the general call must include a project description (½-4 pages), where you describe your ideas and research plans for your project. You can indicate a URL to further information, if you like.

Before starting the application process, it is strongly recommended that you contact a prospective supervisor in order to discuss a potential project. This may contribute to writing a better and more targeted application. Furthermore, it is a good idea to inquire about possible financing, since the likelihood of securing admission through the general call depends on the available resources of the supervisor and the PhD programme for which you apply.

You can find AU researchers/potential supervisors by searching on subject headings here. Furthermore, you can find more info on the various PhD programmes at GSNS on each of the programme websites.

It is not a requirement that the applicant has been in contact with a prospective supervisor before the application process begins.

Before you apply, please read the application guide thoroughly.
All applications must be submitted via the application portal.

Specific calls

Here you apply for one of the positions on the list of specific calls below. Please note that the list is regularly updated. The list will be complete approximately two weeks before application deadline. If you can’t find a project within your field of research on the list, please have a look later or apply via the general call.

Before you apply, please read the application guide thoroughly.
Please follow the application instructions in the specific call announcement.

Specific calls

You can use the filter function to narrow down your search field or search for something specific.

Project title Programme KeywordsCandidate background Application deadline
PhD students for Center for Basic Research in Program Verification    Computer ScienceLogic, Semantics, Verification    Master’s degree in Computer Science    2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Re-advertisment: Augmented and Virtual Reality for Industrial Applications II Computer ScienceAugmented Reality, Human Computer Interaction in 3D, Digital training and assistance for Industrial CasesMaster’s degree in Computer Science, IT Product Development, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Novel Routes to Crystal Engineering: Controlling Crystallization through Ionic Liquids ChemistryCrystal Engineering, X-Ray Diffraction, Ionic LiquidsMaster’s degree or in the process of gaining a Master's degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Chemical analysis of organic compounds in the Arctic marine environment ChemistryChemical Analysis, Mass Spectrometry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Bio-Geochemistry, ArcticMaster's degree or a Bachelor's degree and one year of Master's studies within Chemistry, Nanoscience, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Ionic Liquids as a Transformative Tool in Nanosynthesis ChemistryGreen Chemistry, Ionic Liquids, Nanomaterials, Luminescent Materials, Photocatalysis, ThermoelectricsMaster’s degree or in the process of gaining a Master degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or  related field    2022/02/01 23:59 CET
In-operando STM studies of 2D quantum materials and devices Physics and AstronomyScanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM), Two-Dimensional (2D) Materials, Topological Materials, Superconductors, Quantum DevicesBachelor's degree and strong background in Physical Science and Engineering     2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Genetic and environmental aspects for optimizing insect production for feed and food    BiologyEvolutionary Biology, Ecophysiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Edible InsectsMaster’s or Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biotechnology, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Data science of the mutational process in human spermatogenesis    Computer ScienceData Science, Population Genetics of Spermatogenesis, De Novo Mutations, Deep LearningBachelor's or Master's degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Re-advertisement: Developing Systematic First-Principle Force Fields ChemistryForce field, Molecular Modelling, Method developmentMaster’s degree or in the process of gaining a Master's degree in Chemistry, Nanoscience, Physics, or related fields     2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Re-advertisement: Circuit Complexity and Pseudorandomness Computer ScienceTheoretical Computer Science, Computational Complexity Theory, Circuit Complexity, PseudorandomnessBachelor's or Master's degree in relevant topic 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Thermoelectric materials for ambient temperature energy conversion ChemistryThermoelectric Materials, Materials Synthesis, Physical Property Measurements, Synchrotron and Neutron StudiesMaster’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Re-advertisement: SIoT – Secure Internet of Things Computer ScienceSecurity, Internet of Things, Attack-Defense Trees, Algorithms, Game TheoryMaster’s degree or 4-years of studies in Computer Science or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Gaze and XR Interface Technology  Computer ScienceHuman-Computer Interaction, Eye-tracking, Interaction Design, Augmented/Virtual/Extended Reality (XR)Master’s Degree in Computer Science, HCI, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Re-advertisement: CO2 conversion by heterogeneous photocatalysis  NanoscienceCO2 Conversion, Materials Engineering, Photocatalysis, Hybrid Organic-inorganic Materials, Structural CharacterizationMaster’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Nanoscience, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Dynamic multivalent interactions at the single molecule level NanoscienceMultivalent Interactions, Single Molecule FluorescenceBachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nanoscience, Chemistry, Physics, Molecular Biology, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Water-Splitting Catalysis Studied by Surface Science Methods NanoscienceExperiments, Surface Science, Electrocatalysis, Scanning Probe Microscopy, Surface Physics, Synchrotron ExperimentsMaster’s degree or 4-years of studies in Physics, Chemistry, or Nanoscience 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Force measurement in cellular adhesions via plasmonics and DNA origami NanoscienceDNA Origami, Plasmonics, Mechanotransduction, Cell adhesionMaster’s degree or 4-years of studies in  Nanoscience, Chemistry, Physics or Molecular Biology, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Passive and responsive plasmonic materials for building solar-thermal management   NanosciencePhysics, Plasmonics, Thermal Management, Nano-optics, WindowsMaster’s degree or 4-years of studies in Nanoscience, Chemistry, or Physics or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Hybrid Quantum Systems with Ultracold Atoms and Photons Physics and AstronomyUltracold Quantum Gases, Bose-Einstein condensation, Quantum Optics, Quantum Simulation, Hybrid Quantum systemsMaster's degree in relevant topic 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Extracellular RNA: Cell-to-Cell Communication over the Bloodstream Molecular Biology & Genetics Exosomes, Zebrafish, Gene Regulation, RNA Sequencing, Live Imaging   Bachelor's or Master's degree in relevant topic 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Targeting a regulatory network of proteins to control cell proliferation in human disease Molecular Biology & Genetics Growth Factors, Proteolytic Enzymes, Therapeutic Proteins, Animal ModelsMaster’s degree in Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology, or related field 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Understanding the structure and reactivity of interstellar ices with machine learning Physics and AstronomyCatalysis, Astrochemistry, Interstellar Ices, Atomistic Simulations, Machine LearningMaster’s degree or 4-years of studies in Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, or related field    2022/02/01 23:59 CET
HCI PhD Position on The Futures of Hybrid Work Computer ScienceHuman Computer Interaction, Multimodal Interaction, Physical Computing, CSCWMaster’s degree in Computer Science, Industrial Design, or IT 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Synthesis and Characterization of novel Single Molecule Magnets ChemistrySingle Molecule Magnets, X-ray Charge Densities, Coordination ChemistryMaster’s degree in Chemistry or related field   2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Higher Dimensional Cluster Theory MathematicsCombinatorics, Cluster Algebra, Cluster Category, Representation TheoryBachelor's or Master's degree in relevant topic 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Re-advertisement: Programming language design, analysis and verification Computer ScienceProgramming Languages, Program Analysis, Program VerificationBachelor's or Master's degree in relevant topic 2022/02/01 23:59 CET
Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms Physics and AstronomyUltracold Quantum Gases, Bose-Einstein condensation, Quantum Optics, Quantum Simulation, Hybrid Quantum systemsMaster's degree in relevant topic   2022/02/01 23:59 CET
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