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Research Associates (PhD and PostDoc)

This page lists open positions for PhD "students" in the Computer Networks group.

Currently, there are two positions available: 

  • Project 5G4Industry - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
  • Open-topic position in networking (see below) - Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter mit Lehraufgaben 

See below which material to provide with an application. 

Please be aware that the German academic system does not necessarily imply that you are a "student" while working on your PhD; it is actually more common to have a work contract while doing so - a "Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter" position. Nonetheless, this page uses the term "PhD student" for brevity. 

If you are unfamiliar with the German PhD system, you might want to have a look at this article. The website Research in Germany also gives good general information on being a student or a PhD candidate in the German academic system.

Open-topic position 

A position with open research topic is available. Possible topics are anticipatory or participatory networking, distributed cloud computing, etc. Convince us with your ideas! 

This position is a so-called Landesstelle, i.e., it has teaching obligations. To qualify for this position, you need a fairly good command of German, at least at level C1. 

If you are interested in this position, please contact Prof. Karl by email; in the subject of the email, please mention ......... (else, your email will likely be ignored). Here is actually no official job offer - (only in german available.)

Requirements for PhD positions, application procedure 

To apply for a PhD position in the Computer Networks group, you should meet the following requirements: 

  • Typically, you have a Master degree from a research-oriented Master's degree program; typically in computer science, computer engineering or related subject (e.g., electrical engineering with a communications focus, applied mathematics). Alternative degrees might be acceptable but need to be discussed in detail.  
  • You should have very good communication skills. 
    • You should be able to read, write, and speak English fluently in everyday and technical discussions. You should also have very good technical writing skills in English. 
    • Knowledge of German is appreciated but not initially required; we recommend that you pick up at least a bit of working knowledge of German during the first year (useful for everyday life). For positions with teaching duties, a good proficiency in German is required in a reasonable amount of time. 

To substantiate these skills, please apply with: 

  • A curriculum vitae, detailing your prior education and job experience 
  • Your Master's thesis 
  • Any papers you might have written or co-authored so far (not required, but certainly a plus) 
  • A research statement: what are you interested in, what do you want to work on, what is preferred style of work (e.g., analytic, simulation, experimental, ...), why do you think you are a good match with our group? (A statement saying "I want to work in networking" is not enough.) 

Please only apply electronically by email; do not send paper; only send PDFs (applications with Word attachments will be ignored). 

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