Ph.D. Computer Science (Germany) Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

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Program Details

The Department for Computer Science at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern is inviting applications for Ph.D. in Computer Science.

The Department of Computer Science of the University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern) is one of the leading computer science research institutions in Germany. One of our main objectives is the mentoring of excellent PhDs. We always welcome outstanding students and researchers, and we encourage them to apply. The PhD Program in Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern provides an ideal environment for pursuing a doctoral degree in the area of Computer Science at an internationally competitive level. We offer a full doctoral program, in which students receive focused, research-oriented training in a scientifically challenging, inspiring and motivating surrounding. Students participate in one of a variety of research groups that are directed by leading researchers in their respective area. They can thus benefit from and contribute to top-level research being conducted at the CS department.
We offer a full doctoral program in close collaboration with research groups of the Computer Science Department and a variety of research institutions:

  • Research groups in the Computer Science Department
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering
  • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS)

All these institutes are located conveniently on or very close to the University campus. The proximity of fundamental and application-oriented research creates a unique research setting that provides students with the opportunity to select from a large variety of topics.

The PhD program consists of two phases. During the first phase, known as the graduate studies phase, the main focus is on studies related to a specific field and guided research. This lays the foundation for your PhD thesis and research. During the graduate studies phase, you will attend subject and research-oriented lectures and seminars and prepare a thesis proposal. The second phase of the program, the doctoral studies phase, is devoted to independent research for the preparation of the thesis. The transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 is granted by the successful completion of the graduate studies phase and the preparation of a thesis proposal.

The Department of Computer Science awards a limited number of scholarships for PhD students. This scholarship amounts to 600 EUR/month during Phase 1 of the PhD program. In Phase 2, the scholarship amounts to 1.468 EUR/month (including a grant of 103 EUR for material and equipment). Scholarships are awarded on a competition base. Many research groups have project-related funding available. Project-related funding offers more opportunities for travel and work within a team on a well-defined project, but it also provides less flexibility than a scholarship as topics are predetermined by the project. In addition to funded projects, there might be other sources of funding. For example, there are position that combine teaching and research activities. In addition to this, candidates can avail the external funding from the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD).

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants with a M.Sc. in computer science from a German university or University of Applied Sciences and applicants with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from a German university already are formally qualified for admission. For all other candidates, the PhD board decides on an individual base about admission to the PhD program and the potential qualification studies.

No knowledge of German is required. However, we recommend that students attend basic German courses offered by the university. A good knowledge of English is required for admission to the study programme.

Application Process

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Copies or certified translations of Bachelor/Master degrees, including transcript of records (in German or English)
  • A motivation letter
  • Proof of your English or German proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, TestDaF)
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty staff of a university or a research institute (if you have not graduated at the University of Kaiserslautern and if you are applying for a scholarschip)

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