13 PhD positions
are available for 3 years starting on 01.11.2021. Payment is based on the German TV-L scale (E13, 65%).
- A strong and widely visible international research environment
- An interdisciplinary and structured PhD program
- Intensive support, mentoring and career development
- Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research
- Scientific interest in the neurobiology of approach and avoidance behaviour
- Openness to translational research perspectives linking research in animals, healthy human participants and patients
- Social competence and ability to work in a team
- Excellent English language skills
The University of Würzburg is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.
How to apply:
Please ensure to submit the following documents (ideally compiled to a single pdf file):
- CV Please include copies of certificates and transcripts of records for the bachelor's and master's degree.
- Letter of motivation Please describe briefly why you are interested in obtaining a PhD and what fascinates you in your field of research (max. 1 page).
- Research exposé Please outline your research interest with reference to the goals of this Research Training Group. Please also mention 2-3 PhD projects (see Project descriptions) that seem most interesting to you and fit with your expertise (1-2 pages).
- Suggestion for two referees Please include the contact information of two potential referees (e.g., former mentors or supervisors of your bachelor's or master's thesis).
- Additional certificates Please ensure to add other relevant certificates of educational and academic achievements.
Applications should be submitted by email to rtg2660(at)uni-wuerzburg.de
Application deadline is 15.08.2021.
The selection of PhD students for this Research Training Group involves the following steps:
1. Screening (until 18.08.2021): Applications will be screened by the steering committee (see Contact) and qualified candidates will be selected for step two. Primary selection criterion is scientific excellence as mirrored in a timely graduation with excellence, a relevant and experimental bachelor/master thesis, as well as a match of expressed research interests with the RTG’s goals. Secondary criteria are female gender, diversity, and language skills (English). Suitable candidates will be invited to a recruiment symposium. Invitations will be sent out until 18.08.2021).
2. Recruitment symposium (06.-15.09.2021): Qualified applicants will be invited to a recruitment symposium with candidates participating in person or via internet. The symposium starts with short presentations of the PIs on the RTG structure and the projects. Then, candidates will be interviewed individually by a panel of three PIs including one PI named by the candidate as the preferred primary supervisor, a steering committee member and another PI. Candidates shall present their previous scientific work (10 min) plus their project ideas indicating preferences for possible RTG PhD projects (10 min) followed by an open discussion (15 min). Candidates will be evaluated using the following criteria: demonstrated academic excellence (timely and above average), proven qualification fitting to RTG projects, motivation and interest in research to date, achievements in experimental work, quality and coherence of presentations and discussion, and proven ability to work in a team.
Final selection (until 17.09.2021): The final selection step is based on a meeting of all RTG PIs directed by the speaker. Each interview panel will briefly present their conclusions and suggestions followed by an open discussion leading to a grading of each candidate according to the criteria outlined above as excellent (A), very good (B), or good to average (C). C-rated candidates will be rejected. If we have more A-rated candidates than openings, they will be ranked according to our secondary criteria of gender equality, diversity, and language skills. If we have less A-rated candidates than openings, B-rated candidates will be considered for projects too, however, they will only be considered if all PIs agree that they have a prospect of achieving an excellent dissertation within the RTG.
Successful candidates, who were offered a PhD position, are expected to start on 01.11.2021.
Die Ausschreibung ist auch im Internet unter https://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/grk2660/qualification-programme/application/ abrufbar.