Eligibility

Eligibility

General

  • Applicants are required to hold or obtain within 6 months of the interview week a university degree equivalent to a Master Degree (≥75% or German score of at least 'good', <2,5 of 5), including a written research thesis, in computer science, physics, statistics, mathematics, bio- , geo- informatics, or related field.
  • Applicants still studying should anticipate receiving their degree not later than 6 months after the interview date.
  • Graduates having completed their degree must upload with the application package a scanned copy of the certificate as well as transcript including marked coursework from university. Students still enrolled in their undergraduate program must upload a provisional certificate stating the examination marks already obtained.
  • Applicants shall at the time of interview be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet been awarded a doctoral degree, according to the European Commission's definition of early-stage researchers.
  • Language skills: Applicants need to have a good command of written and spoken English, while German language skills are not required. English proficiency tests for non-native speakers are recommended (such as TOEFL test with a score of 95+ (internet-based), 240+ (computer-based) or 587+ (paper-based), IELTS certificate with a bandscore 7.0+, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)), however, the language proficiency certificates are not a requirement for the application.

Required documents

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • Transcript (record of study including scores) AND degree certificate of Bachelor degree, Vordiplom or equivalent. Applications lacking marked transcripts will not be further processed.
  • Transcripts (record of study including scores) AND degree certificate of Master degree, Diplom or equivalent in German or English. If you have not completed yet your Master's program, you have to provide temporary transcripts including scores. Applications lacking marked transcripts will not be further processed.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Complete contact details fields of 2 referees in the application portal and your referees will automatically receive a request for letter of recommendation. Please make sure that references arrive on time! References arriving after the deadline will not be processed and applications will be considered incomplete.