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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.

A specific call

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
The Philosophy and History of Mathematics MathematicsVisual thinking in mathematics, applications of mathematics, mathematical structuralism Master’s degree in Mathematics        2021/11/01 11:59 CET
SIoT – Secure Internet of Things Computer ScienceSecurity, Internet of Things, Attack-Defense Trees, Formal Methods, Analysis algorithms, Certification    Master's degree in Computer Science or a closely related field 2021/11/01 11:59 CET
Understanding the Reactivity of Catalytic Materials with Machine Learning Physics and AstronomyCatalysis, surface science, modelling, machine learning, density functional theoryMaster’s degree or minimum one year of a Master's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience or related     2021/11/01 11:59 CET
Spatial random networks and topological data analysis on large random structures MathematicsRandom networks, topological data analysis, percolation theory, stochastic geometry, spatial statistics  Master's degree in Mathematics, Statistics or a related field  2021/11/01 11:59 CET
Human Interface Technology (2 PhD scholarships)    Computer ScienceHuman-Computer Interaction, Eye-tracking, Interaction Design, Augmented/Virtual/Extended Reality (XR)Master’s degree in Computer Science, HCI or related field 2021/11/01 11:59 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 similar     2021/11/01 11:59 CET
Re-advertisement: Algorithms supporting big data analysis   Computer ScienceAlgorithms, data structures, external memory, graphsBachelor's or Master's degree with a strong background in algorithms and data structures 2021/11/01 11:59 CET
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