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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 Keywords Candidate background Application deadline
In-operando STM studies of 2D quantum materials and devices Physics and Astronomy Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM), Two-Dimensional (2D) Materials, Topological Materials, Superconductors, Quantum Devices Bachelor's degree and strong background in Physical Science and Engineering (normally expected to have or obtain a Master's degree) 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
PhD students for Center for Basic Research in Program Verification Computer Science Logic, Semantics, Verification Master’s degree in Computer Science 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
Design of 1H high-field solid-state NMR and low-field DNP experiments by optimal control Nanoscience Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), experiment development, ultra-fast-spinning 1H biological solid-state NMR, Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) Master’s degree (or at least 4 years of education) in Nanoscience, Chemistry, or Physics, Engineering, Data Science, or Applied Mathematics 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
ERC Funded PhD in Quantum Chemical Modelling of Atmospheric Nanoparticles Chemistry Quantum chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Clusters, Aerosols, Climate Master’s degree within Chemistry, Physics, Nanoscience or related fields 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
Ionic Liquids - Nanosynthesis Game Changers Chemistry Green Chemistry, Ionic Liquids, Nanomaterials, Luminescent Materials, Photocatalysis, Thermoelectrics Master’s degree, or in the process of gaining a Master's degree, in chemistry, materials science, physics, or related fields 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
Advancing Crystal Engineering using Ionic Liquids (ACE) Chemistry Crystal Engineering, X-Ray Diffraction, Ionic Liquids Master’s degree, or in the process of gaining a Master's degree, in chemistry, materials science, physics, or related fields 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
Nanoguitar-based optomechanical sensors Physics and Astronomy Nanoresonators, optical sensors, optomechanics Master’s degree or at least one year of a Master’s degree in Physics, Nanosciences or Engineering, experience with optics or nanofabrication being a plus 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
Conceptual and Computational Challenges in Fair Division Computer Science Resource allocation, fair division, algorithms and complexity, algorithmic game theory, computational social choice BSc or MSc degree (e.g., Computer Science, Mathematics, or Economics) and mathematical maturity 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
Atmospheric ageing of marine aerosols and importance for clouds and climate Chemistry Aerosols, Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, Marine particles, Clouds Master’s degree within Chemistry, Physics, Nanoscience, or related fields 2022/08/01 23:59 CEST
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