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Students and Diploma Students at the HZDR

Due to its modern and, within the European scale, unique research facilities the HZDR as the largest research center of the newly formed German states offers first-class conditions for practical training periods and dissertations. The eight institutes are engaged in interdisciplinary research within all natural-scientific fields as well as in medicine and pharmacology. Furthermore, studies in the engineering field and information science are also possible.

Diploma and Master Students

Dissertations in all the natural-scientific and engineering fields may be written at the HZDR. Offers for various themes can be found on the web-sites of the institutes. See:


Students usually work as assistants in practical research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. Clearly described scientific problems arising from the current research themes of the HZDR should be solved nearly independently in close cooperation with experienced tutors. Those projects can also be investigated within a long-term activity accompanying the studies. Naturally, student traineeships can also be absolved at the HZDR.

Additionaly international student's have the oppurtinity to apply for our annual Summer Students Program. In this program the students are invited to join our research teams for the period between July and September to work and research at any one of the HZDR’s eight individual institutes.


There are several ways to apply. If you already know, which theme you are supposed to treat or in which institute you would like to start to work, then your application should be sent in written form by email or standard mail to the respective head of the institute. Prior to this, it is recommended to contact a scientist, a project manager or the head of the institute, in order to agree upon the exact layout of the theme and its schedule.

The application should contain:

  • a written application with personal details and a letter of intent
  • curriculum vitae (tabulated)
  • copy of the recent certificates, diplomas and references

Vacant practical training periods and dissertations are occasionally posted on our website.

You can apply also online initiative for practical training periods as well as bachelor, master and diploma theses.