Open positions

The German–Korean International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2235

Searching for the regular in the irregular:
Analysis of singular and random systems

funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), offers several PhD positions at Bielefeld University, starting October 1st, 2018.

The IRTG is a joint research program established by the Faculty of Mathematics at Bielefeld University, Germany, and the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Seoul National University, South Korea. In a truly international and competitive environment, doctoral students will study singular and random systems.
The IRTG concentrates on advanced techniques from the mathematical field of Analysis together with latest developments in neighboring fields such as Mathematical Physics, Geometry, and Probability Theory. The focus will be on the mathematical analysis of problems which generically exhibit singular features or randomness. The topics include nonlinear wave equations, integro-differential equations, oscillator models, random matrices, generalized Dirichlet and magnetic energy forms, analysis on manifolds and fractal metric spaces. The qualification program of the IRTG includes a structured course program in English and a six-months research stay at Seoul National University.
PhD students of the IRTG will be offered an E 13 TV-L (75%) position (depending on previous professional experience starting at approx. 1600€ monthly net income) for up to 3 years.

Candidates should hold an excellent Master degree (or an equivalent degree) in Mathematics, Mathematical Physics or a neighboring field. Moreover, communication skills are important for a successful integration into the IRTG and the participating departments. Proficiency in English is required whereas prior knowledge of German is not mandatory.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family friendly university. The university explicitly welcomes applications from women. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes. Applications from suitably qualified handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

Application deadline: May 15, 2018

Application documents

    1. CV
    2. Transcript of records, including:
      • 1st university degree or intermediate examination (e.g. B.Sc., Vordiplom)
      • 2nd university degree (e.g. Master, Diploma), or intermediate results if in progress
      • if applicable: transcript of additional university degree(s)
    3. Copy of each publication (including Diploma / Master thesis)
    4. Letter of application stating your motivation, qualification, main scientific experiences, and a brief outline of your current and future scientific interests (1 page).
    5. One letter of recommendation from an experienced scientist. For reasons of privacy, the letter should be sent to us by the referee directly (to In the application form we ask you to name two further scientists who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation to support your application.
    6. Handicapped or severely handicapped persons can indicate this status on the application form. In this case, please enclose a corresponding certificate.

Please send all documents to
Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact the IRTG office (

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