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International and interdisciplinary

PIER Helmholtz Graduate School

International and interdisciplinary

The PIER Helmholtz Graduate School ensures that doctoral candidates receive an internationally recognized and optimally supervised education in their respective fields. The graduate school promotes research and networking within an interdisciplinary framework and provides various interdisciplinary events for a lively scientific discourse. DESY and Universität Hamburg are very international, with scientists and students from more than 40 countries.

The "Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research" (PIER) stands for the strong cooperation between Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Universität Hamburg. DESY is a member of the Helmholtz Association and one of the world's leading accelerator centres. DESY's combination of accelerator development, research with photons and particle physics is unique in Europe. With its more than 40,000 students, Universität Hamburg is Germany's third-largest university. Its diverse curriculum combined with outstanding research in biology, chemistry, physics, and medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, is key to enabling doctoral candidates to obtain a first-rate education within the PIER network.

Focus on key skills and career planning

Our training programme focuses on teaching students key skills that will prepare them for their subsequent careers in science, research, industry and business. The graduate school offers doctoral candidates numerous career development opportunities that range from individual career advice to a great variety of career workshops. With a high-profile mentoring progamme for female researchers, we offer the best career opportunities for women.

Service-oriented and strongly supportive

The graduate school offers their doctoral candidates a wide range of scientific support activities and attractive services, all with an international focus. This includes financing possibilities for research trips and discussions in small groups with renowned scientists from all over the world.
Because good living conditions are also essential for obtaining a PhD, a wide range of services and support measures is offered to the doctoral candidates at the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School: Language courses, assistance with obtaining a residence permit or finding accommodation, leisure activities that enable students to jointly discover the beautiful and lively port city of Hamburg.

The graduate school welcomes applications from highly motivated graduates two times a year in spring and autumn. Our next call for applications will open in October 2016. Don't delay - become part of the unique PIER network!