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This International Research Training Group brings together chemists, physicists and engineers from Freiburg, Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Basel to establish a new PhD programme in soft matter science, aiming to develop concepts for the design of innovative materials with a high level of functionality.


Applying for a PhD scholarship

Who can apply?

  • Highly qualified and motivated graduates are invited to apply.
  • Applicants should hold a master's degree (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering or related areas with excellent grades.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest to expand their horizon beyond the specific field of their major. 
  • Applicants should have excellent proficiency in English as all teaching will be in English.
  • Applicants should identify with the aims of the IRTG "Soft Matter Science", especially with intensifying the Franco-German collaboration
  • We particularly encourage women to apply.

How to apply?

The application consists of one pdf-file comprising:

  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications
  • Short summary of the master's thesis
  • Certified copy of the university degree
  • Master/diploma certificate (with grades)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details
  • Please indicate the PhD project(s) you would like to work on
  • Please provide detailed explanation (no more than two A4 pages) justifying your choice for the PhD project(s)

This pdf-file should be e-mailed to softmattergraduate[at]uni-freiburg.de



Open positions





 Student Assistant



The PhD training comprises:
  • Comprehensive, interdisciplinary research in soft matter science
  • Intense mentoring by at least two advisors
  • Exchange of PhD students between the participating laboratories in Germany, France and Switzerland
  • Introductory and advanced courses in the research field of the IRTG
  • Specialised workshops and training camps
  • Special mentoring and support for women
  • Wide spectrum of further qualification measures
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