PhD student positions in Algebraic Geometry and related areas

The Essen Seminar for Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic invites applications for several positions for PhD students which will be funded by the Research Training Group 2553 "Symmetries and classifying spaces: analytic, arithmetic and derived" funded by the German Research Foundation DFG.

The positions that we offer

The positions we offer to PhD students are 3-year-positions at a salary level of 75% of an E13 TV-L position. Since these positions are funded by the German Research Foundation, there are no teaching duties.

At this time, we intend to fill 4 positions starting on April 1, 2020, and up to 4 positions starting on October 1, 2020. Later, there will be another round of applications for October 2020.

Doing your PhD in Essen

The Essen Seminar for Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic is one of the largest clusters in this area in Germany. Ten research groups are part of the new Research Training Group, covering research fields such as algebraic geometry, complex geometry, arithmetic geometry, algebraic number theory, global analysis, algebraic topology. We have a large group of PhD students, postdocs and visitors here at Essen, and have many joint activities such as our weekly research seminars and summer schools. Each term, there are several specialized courses at an advanced master’s/early PhD level. As a member of the ALGANT consortium we have several students from abroad in our master’s program each year.

It is important to us to provide a family-friendly environment at ESAGA. The university has several offers regarding child care for children of PhD students and postdocs in place, and we will be glad to help you in setting these things up. Please do get in touch if you would like us to provide further details. We are committed to raising the proportion of female mathematicians in our group and especially encourage female students to apply.

The Research Training Group 2553

As a member of the research training group, you will be supervised by a principal advisor and a second advisor with related research interests. The topic of your thesis will be chosen soon after your arrival in Essen together with you. During the term, we have a number of research seminars and other weekly events.

We have funding for travel expenses which will allow you to visit workshops or schools in other places (typically once a year). We also envisage that every PhD student completes one longer stay in another university, possibly abroad, during her or his PhD. Such a stay would typically last between 3 and 6 weeks.

What we expect from you - requirements

  • You have completed a master’s degree in mathematics with very good success (or will have completed the degree until the starting date of the position)
  • You have very good knowledge in at least one of the research areas of the Research Training Group
  • You are interested in pursuing a PhD degree in one of these areas, and motivated to contribute to the Research Training Group (by, for instance, attending seminars and giving talks there, talking to other people in the RTG, participating in summer schools/workshops/...)
  • You are fluent in English
Job location: 
Department of Mathematics, University of Duisburg-Essen
Thea-Leymann-Str. 9
45127 Essen
Contact and application information
Friday, December 20, 2019
Contact name: 
Ulrich Görtz
Contact email: 
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