Mathematical Complexity Reduction - Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg


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Open Positions

The Research Training Group started on April 1, 2017. Five of the 13 PhD positions are currently open, with a prefered starting date between now and Summer 2018. The official opening for all 13 positions is here:

Application procedure

There are two levels of application: the formal and absolutely necessary one to submit an application, and an informal, optional one to get into contact with possible advisors beforehand.

How to apply officially is described in the links above: send your application including letter of motivation, CV, scans of degrees and marks in one pdf file to , putting in cc. There are going to be monthly meetings of the selection committee (usually beginning of the month), so we recommend to submit the applications as early as possible.

We also recommend to get into contact with possible advisors of your thesis. The research training group is a joint initiative of 10 principal investigators. Every PhD position will have two of them as supervisors, ideally with a topic in the intersection of two areas of mathematics. Here is a list of exemplary (meaning that also different ones are possible) PhD topics. The names correspond to possible advisors from the list of principal investigators. Feel free to contact them directly with questions concerning the scientific content.

Further information

Feel free and encouraged to contact the spokesperson or any of the principal investigators for further information. Want to know more about mathematics and Magdeburg? Have a look at this page (in German and for undergraduate students, but most aspects apply to a PhD as well).

Qualification scholarships

We also offer two qualification scholarships (of up to 12 months duration) for students close to or shortly after finishing their Master's degree in mathematics or a related area. Interested students should send a request to . Receivers of qualification scholarships are natural candidates to apply for a subsequent PhD position within the Research Training Group.

Job market

The job market for mathematicians in Germany has been excellent over the last years, almost exhibiting a full employment situation. We have collected useful information for potential undergraduate students on this webpage. The professional avenues described there are of course valid alternatives for CoRe alumni as well. Our goal is to provide our alumni with an even better basis for their professional careers. Typical researchers who will have completed a doctorate within CoRe shall have acquired a training that enables them to design, coordinate, and lead research projects in academia or industry. Our alumni shall be used to see connections between seemingly unrelated topics, come up with innovative and yet systematic solution approaches, and build upon research networks that have been created within CoRe. They shall have the necessary soft skills to cope with the high responsibilities for the future generation of leading scientists. We estimate the RTG topic of complexity reduction to be future-proof, both in terms of mathematical research as in terms of professional opportunities arising from societal challenges.

Last Modification: 2017-08-07 - Contact Person: Sebastian Sager - Impressum
  • January 23rd, 2018: Dr. Matthias Schymura, "Some remarks on the reverse isodiametric problem", 14:00 G05-312
  • January 16th, 2018: JosuĂ© Tonelli Cueto, "Computing the homology of semialgebraic sets", 14:00 G05-312
  • December 8th-9th, 2017: Geometrietag
  • November 16th-23rd, 2017: Women of Mathematics - workshop and exhibition