Yvonne Matthes
International Office
Personnel Affairs
Phone: +49 351 260 2821

Dr. Stephan Kraft
Laser Ion Acceleration
Phone: +49 351 260 2613


About the program

Is the program suitable for you?

Our summer student program is addressed to students of natural sciences from all over the world, who want to join our research teams in Dresden during the time between July and September. Advanced undergraduate and master students are welcome to apply. If you are inscribed for a diploma degree program, you should present a confirmation of passing the third year of studies before the upcoming summer. Additionally you have to be inscribed at your university for the entire duration of the program.
Students, who are already involved in PhD studies during our summer program, are not eligible.

What is the goal of the program?

Research at the HZDR has many facets, providing students with the unique opportunity of working in natural sciences (physical and life sciences) while focusing on fundamental or application driven research or technology development. Summer students can choose to work and research at any one of the our research fields. They will be an integral part of a research group working on predefined topics. The tasks which will be assigned to the summer students will range from hands-on operations in the labs to data analysis, scientific computing and theoretical science. It is a good chance to get to know the day-to-day scientific life.

In which language is the program conducted?

English will be the language of communication at the workplace. We expect applicants to be fluent in English (spoken and written).

How long will the summer student program last?

Together with the supervisors of their summer project, students can decide to stay at the HZDR between 6 to 12 weeks. The recommended duration of the program is 8 weeks. However, requests of shorter and longer stays are also considered. Participants have to take part in the entire lecture period (26th July to 27th August 2021).

What are the requirements of eligibility?

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their CV, their academic grades/records and the letter of recommendation written either by a professor, group leader or scientist capable of evaluating the applicant’s scientific skills and achievements. Application documents should be attached to the online application.
A selection committee consisting of the a senior scientist and a research group leaders will evaluate all applications.

What kind of support will the students receive?

The students will receive the following scientific and financial benefits:
- Scientific lectures (between July and August 2021)
- Individual discussions and meetings with their supervisor
- The opportunity of getting feedback about their overall performance at the end of the program
- Free accommodation in the HZDR guest house during the whole stay
- Free season ticket for local transportation
- Grant of 36,-€ per day (enough to cover everyday expenses)