PhD Position

To apply for our PhD program, please read ALL information given carefully!

You can apply if you are currently looking for a PhD project and position. Application is also possible if you have already started your PhD in the group of one of our faculty members (only possible during the first 6 months of your PhD). For outstanding applicants with a Bachelor's degree we offer a fast-track option, but applicants will be asked th fulfill additional requirements/training (up to one year) before the start of the PhD (see below).

Please look at the websites of our faculty for details about open PhD projects or visit the open positions section.


Fast-Track Option

Please note that students with an outstanding Bachelor of Science degree can be accepted for a PhD at the University ("fast-track" PhD) but will be asked to fulfill additional requirements/training (qualifiaction period; up to 1 year) before the start of the PhD thesis. Fast-track candidates need to be accepted by the dean's office of the respective department (08, 09 or 10 at JGU) BEFORE they can apply at MAINZ! We offer stipends for the qualification period of those candidates.



Besides meeting the basic formal requirements given by the regulations for PhD studies of the respective university faculties, our candidates are only accepted to our program when they also meet the excellence criteria imposed by the graduate school. These include:

  • top marks in the final degree from a recognized and internationally acknowledged university;
  • top references;
  • exceptional performance of the applicant in general, resulting in shorter than average duration of study;
  • high qualification of the applicant for the advertised research project;
  • top performance at our interviews.

Interested candidates who are about to receive or have already obtained an excellent Master's or outstanding Bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry, biology or related fields can apply, if there is mutual interest from a member of the MAINZ Faculty. Fluency in English is required and must be proven. Knowledge of German is not essential, but advantageous.

To evaluate the quality of the exams, we follow international standards. Competition for the available positions is strong. To be considered for the program, the final grade of the degree must be equivalent or better to the grade "very good" for diploma students (final degree at least 1,5 equivalent to the Greman educational system) or "good" in a Masters degree (equivalent to 2,0 in the German educational system). The following guidelines for selected countries and regions indicate an approximation of the required minimum level:

  • China: minimum 80% or GPA 3.2/4.0
  • Europe: minimum grade of 5.0/6.0
  • India: First Division with distinction (80% or GPA 8/10 with NET/CSIR) applications from IITs and the IIS are especially welcome.
  • Pakistan: minimum 80% or GPA 4.0/5.0


In case that you meet these criteria, please visit how to apply.