Doctoral Qualification Programme
Information for Applicants

Information for Applicants

On this page, you find specific information on the roles of doctoral researchers,
qualification fellows, postdocs and master students within the IRTG.

  • Doctoral Researchers

    The doctoral training programme within the IRTG 2657 is designed to optimally support collaborative research within an international and interdisciplinary framework. The primary goals of the training programme are to train young talented professionals in state-of-the-art technology in computational mechanics and to enable them to conduct high-level research in this field.

    Each doctoral researcher is advised by at least two principal investigators, one from Hannover and one from Paris. A long-term stay at the partner university of at least 6 months is mandatory for each doctoral researcher.

    In each cohort, up to 10 doctoral positions (100 % TvL E13) have been funded for the IRTG. For each doctoral researcher admitted to the IRTG, funding is guaranteed for three years.

    For outstanding candidates, there is also the option to graduate with a dual degree (Cotutelle). This requires an extended stay abroad of at least one year in total. For doctoral researchers who would like to pursue the dual degree option, funding for one additional year can be provided.

  • Qualification Fellows

    A special aspect of the qualification programme is to qualify talented individuals from outside the core disciplines of IRTG 2657, with the goal of subsequently joining the IRTG as doctoral researchers. Suitable applicants can be admitted to the IRTG as qualification fellows, and up to three qualification fellows can receive a stipend of 800 € per month for one year. The first application round for qualification fellows will start at the end of 2022.

    For qualification fellows, a special programme for academic research training will be implemented, based on elements of our regularly offered Master of Science programmes. Each qualification fellow can individually select courses, depending on his/her prior education and research interests. For example, courses such as

    • Numerical methods for partial differential equations (10 credits)
    • Numerical methods in fluid mechanics (6 credits)
    • Mechanics of solids (6 credits)
    • Finite element applications in structural analysis (6 credits)
    • Risk and reliability analysis (6 credits)
    • Model order reduction in computational solid mechanics (6 credits)
    • Non-linear finite element methods (5 credits)
    • Stochastic finite element methods (6 credits)
    • Goal-oriented error estimation and adaptive finite element methods (6 credits)

    are available. In summary, a total course load of at least 45 credits will be required. A mandatory element for each qualification fellow is an interdisciplinary project thesis (360 h / 12 credits) on a topic related to the subsequent doctoral research phase.

    After successfully passing the qualification programme, the candidates will be directly accepted for the next cohort of doctoral researchers in the IRTG.     

  • Postdocs

    Postdoctoral researchers associated to the IRTG conduct their own independent research within the scope of the IRTG's research focus. It is therefore expected that postdocs who seek association to the IRTG have already acquired expertise in a research topic relevant to the IRTG during their doctorate.

    Postdoctoral researchers within the IRTG 2657 are guided by mentors on various aspects relevant to their career, such as advising students, writing research proposals, training for job applications in academia and industry, etc. Outstanding postdocs are encouraged and supported to seek external funding for their own independent research groups within the IRTG framework. Start-up grants can be offered to outstanding postdocs who intend to prepare such proposals.

    Depending on the path chosen, postdocs stay in the IRTG between 3 and 4.5 years. For postdocs who decide for a professional career in industry, the contract terminates after 3 years. For postdocs who decide for an academic career, the contract can be extended to a maximum of 6 years.

  • Master Students

    The IRTG 2657 offers student projects and master theses related the IRTG's research foci. Open research topics are announced regularly on this web page. Alternatively, we encourage interested students to directly contact researchers active within IRTG. 

    Talented master students from Leibniz University Hannover can apply for student research assistant positions within the IRTG 2657. If you are interested, please send your full application, including

    • CV and short letter of motivation (on a specific research area)
    • Copy of enrolment certificate and study record sheets

    via e-mail to