PhD Fellowship program

We want to give doctoral students the opportunity to conduct research in an attractive and international environment together with renowned scientists. They should be given the opportunity to work at an innovative local research infrastructure as well as to participate in large-scale experiments worldwide as part of a large research community.

The selected candidates will get a funding contract as well as individual travel and research funds. They can participate in all MPA activities, including lecture courses, seminars, retreats, summer schools, workshops and social events.

For the 2024 application call, we offer the following PhD topics:

• Searches for ultralight bosonic fields (Prof. Dr. Dmitry Budker)
• Novel techniques in magnetometry and magnetic resonance (Prof. Dr. Dmitry Budker)
• NA62 experiment: Search for New Physics in rare and ultra-rare Kaon decays (Dr. Rainer Wanke)
• SHiP experiment: Calorimeter development and construction (Prof. Dr. Volker Büscher)
Development of Project 8’s atomic tritium source (Prof. Dr. Sebastian Böser, Prof. Dr. Martin Fertl)
• Determination of the free neutron lifetime with the tSPECT experiment (Prof. Dr. Martin Fertl)
• High energy physics with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC (Prof. Dr. Lucia Masetti, Prof. Dr. Volker Büscher, Prof. Dr. Stefan Tapprogge)
• Experimental neutrino physics at DUNE (Prof. Dr. Alfons Weber)
• Effective Field Theory for Non-Global Observables at Hadron Colliders (Prof. Dr. Matthias Neubert)
• Precision calculations and Feynman integrals (Prof. Dr. Stefan Weinzierl)
Nuclear reactions involving halo nuclei (Prof. Dr. Pierre Capel)
Electron-induced dissociation of nuclei applied to astrophysical reactions (Prof. Dr. Pierre Capel)
Eikonal description of reactions involving exotic nuclei (Prof. Dr. Pierre Capel)
• Precision calculations for the muon anomalous magnetic moment from lattice QCD (Prof. Dr. Hartmut Wittig)

Applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance in their studies and are expected to hold or obtain a Masters’ degree in physics, preferably in the areas of particle, low-energy and hadron physics.

How to apply for a fellowship?

Application deadline for the current call for proposals is April 30th, 2024.

For your application to be considered, please use our application form. After submitting the application form, please send your complete application documents as a single pdf file to

Please arrange for two signed letters of recommendation by senior scientists, with institutional letterhead, to be sent separately to the above address. Please, also arrange that the referees submit the complete referee form together with the letter of recommendation.

Application documents:

    To be sent by the candidates:

  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter including a short motivation statement
  • Scans of university degrees including transcripts of records (lists of courses with your grades) in German or English
  • Candidates who have obtained their degrees from a university where English is not one of the teaching languages must prove their language proficiency (B2 level or higher) by a certificate not older than three years.
    To be sent by the referees:

  • Letters of recommendation and referee form.

All documents may be submitted in English or German. Documents in any other language must be translated and legally certified by the German embassy, consulate or a certified translator.