Open Positions

Open Positions for PhD Students  /  Stellenausschreibung Doktoranden

Contact:  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Mester, VSI Lab, Computer Science Dept (FB12)
Email: application2016 (at)

If you send your documents, put them into a single PDF file named according to the scheme YYYMMDD-Name-Documents.pdf inserting the current date and your name

Bachelor and Master theses

Please note: We do not have positions for internships from overseas, even if they are externally funded.

General rules

  1. We do not have positions for internships from overseas, even if they are externally funded.
  2. A seriously meant application does always address directly the responsible person(s) at the target institution and specifies clearly in the cover letter in which sense the research work performed at the target institution is related to the applicants interests and his/her profile. A good application always refers specifically to the open positions and projects advertised on the target institutions web site.
  3. A serious application consists of (preferrably) one file in a format that can be read on all computer platforms (strong preference for Acrobat PDF, definitely not MS-Word files). A complete application contains
    • a cover letter that directly and clearly shows that is has been specifically written for the target institution, not only the name of the recipient and the institution name plugged into a standard text
    • potentially a separate resume of scientific interests and profile
    • a CV
    • scanned-in versions of relevant certificates (in English language)
    • a list of publications (if applicable)
    • sample publications, or an URL where such publications can be downloaded
    The attachment should not be larger than some few MBytes, or should give indications how to obtain supplementary material (e.g. if the scanned certificates and/or publications are large documents).
  4. The naming of the application attachment is extremeley important. Names like CV.doc, application.pdf and the like show directly that the applicant does not have read these hints, and thus is not seriously interested in a position at the target institution. These names show also that the applicant did not really think carefully about how his application might be stored and processed.

Shortsightedness in preparing an application, and overlooking information that the target institution clearly and explicitly provides for applicants is usually not a good recommendation for an applicant who aims at a Ph.D. student position or similar, where diligence and careful work is of utmost importance.