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Postgraduate Program at the HZDR

About 150 PhD students are currently enrolled in our PhD program. The programs offered by the HZDR are in close collaboration with Saxon universities - especially with the TU Dresden. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf with its three research fields in eight institutes stands out due to its scientific performance and mulitidisciplinarity. Our scientists specialize in the following fields: physics (i.e., solid state physics, materials research, quantum, laser and subatomic physics, and nuclear physics), chemistry (i.e., radiochemistry, radiopharmacy, and biochemistry), biology and geology.

The objective of a PhD is independent scientific research, which should be completed within three years. To achieve this goal, the HZDR offers an ideal environment.


In particular, our PhD students can take advantage of: Kathrin Götze und Richard Zahn forschen im HLD an aktuellen Themen der Festkörperphysik

  • individual supervision by experienced scientists
  • state of the art equipment in our laboratories
  • participation at international conferences, colloquia at institutes, as well as participation at the department seminars with contributions such as talks or posters
  • organisation of special "Students Competition Sessions" within international conferences
  • possibility to work in other research facilities locally and abroad, for example at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, where the HZDR operates its own beamline
  • PhD seminars in institutes and departments
  • PhD workshop at the HZDR attended by the Board of Directors of the HZDR the directors of the institutes, as well as the heads of the various departments and projects
  • yearly PhD colloquia with our partners in the private industry and the funding agencies
  • monthly cycle of lectures ("HZDR Lectures") on scientific topics or comprehensive questions covering topics such as how to write grant proposals, manage project funds, or how to register patents
  • integration of junior staff
  • language courses: German courses for foreign PhD students and English courses for our German students
  • communication courses, media training
  • accompanied training as "Junior Manager in Science"
  • HZDR Summer Student Program
  • yearly postgraduate award by the HZDR

Become a member in a strong team!

We need / expect:

  • We are looking for graduates at the top of their class with degrees in natural sciences and engineering.
  • Graduates from Universities of Applied Sciences are able to obtain a doctoral degree through a PhD thesis at our institute. Certain preconditions need to be met such as excellent grades and your university of applied sciences has to support your promotion in a special collaborative procedure.
  • During your PhD you are expected to publish in reviewed journals, as well as to participate in the process to apply for grants.
  • Click here to find more information about application and contacts.

Some other things you should know

  • Our directors are at the same time professors at the TU Dresden or TU Freiberg. Moreover, HZDR senior scientists hold professorships at the University of Leipzig or TU Chemnitz.
  • The graduation is obtained by meeting the requirements of the respective university.
  • As a student of the TU Dresden, for example, you are subject to its rules and regulations. While pursuing you doctoral degree, you have to meet the entrance criteria of the TU Dresden for your chosen discipline, e.g. your degree has to be recognized by the respective faculty of the TU Dresden. Alternatively, you will be required to take additional advanced placement classes.

What can highly qualified young scientific academics expect after graduation?

  • The HZDR has established a tenure track program that leads to a sustainable professional scientific career for outstanding young scientists.
  • Presently, there are several young investigators' groups at the HZDR that are lead by promising young scientists. Since January 2011, the first Helmholtz Young Investigators Group at HZDR has been started work.