The mission of the Research School is to contribute to civil security by excellent research and by training and education of young researchers in technology fields which are highly relevant for civil security. Examples are: optical and photonic systems for identification and authentication, sensors, spectrometers and cameras for surveillance applications, optoelectronic and semiconductor components, and information and communication technologies for implementation of security systems. Societal impacts of security are an integral part of the training and research program.
The PhD students are members of one of the participating research groups at DLR or TUB. They will get their PhD degree from the TUB.
Please download the Application form and the Referee’s Report form and follow the instructions given in these forms.
After filling in the forms, please send by e-mail to Prof. H.-W. Hübers (address below):
Only applications arriving in this form can be processed.
If there is no possibility to sign the e-mailed application, please, send us in addition a FAX of the last page of the application form (p. 9) bearing your signature. Without signature the application is not valid.
Please make sure that your referees use the report form and do not send a letter of recommendation of their own style. The referee's reports should carry file names composed as described here: "Family name"_"First name"_Referees_Report_"Number".pdf
For application it is imperative:
When will you be hearing from us:
A decision on your application will be made within six weeks after the deadline by which you have to submit your completed application. During the admission process the key faculty members in the academic field for which you are applying may contact you for a telephone interview.
During the doctoral studies, the Research School can provide up to 14 candidates with a stipend that is limited to maximum 3 years, enabling the students to exclusively work on their research project. A stipend requires at the beginning of the doctoral thesis that the graduation must not date back longer than 3 years. The stipend is paid without any taxes and ranges between 1.000,- € and 1.154,- €, depending on the marital status.
Additional funding for children till their 12th birthday can also be granted:
At the moment, the scholarship amounts to 1.197,- € (basic amount) plus 103,- € (material expenses grant).
The Helmholtz Research School on Security Technologies offers the program without tuition fees. However, doctoral candidates might have to be enrolled at one of the member universities. Here, each semester you might have to pay an enrollment fee.
Please be aware that living expenses in Germany might be higher than in other countries. It has been estimated that students will require approx. 800,- € per month to cover the costs of living and study.
Estimated costs include:
If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact:
The Helmholtz Research School on Security Technologies
Prof. H.-W. Hübers
phone: + 49 30 67055 426
fax: + 49 30 67055 507
Spokesperson of the Research SchoolProf. Dr. H.-W. HübersInst. of Planetary ResearchExperimental PlanetaryPhysics Tel.: +49 30 67055-596 Fax: +49 30 67055-507heinz-wilhelm.huebers[at]dlr.de
Coordinatorof the Research SchoolDörthe ThielInst. of Planetary ResearchExperimental PlanetaryPhysics Tel.: +49 30 67055-582 Fax: +49 30 67055-507doerthe.thiel[at]dlr.de