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13 doctoral positions in the DFG Research Training Group Urban Water Interfaces (UWI), Germany


The TUB and the IGB invite applications for 13 doctoral positions in the DFG Research Training Group Urban Water Interfaces (UWI)

UWI is a research training group of engineers and natural scientists focusing on ‘urban water interfaces’, which will play key roles in the urban water cycle. The processes and fluxes across interfaces are highly complex and their current understanding is notably incomplete. Understanding the functioning of natural interfaces and technical interfaces requires a broader integrative framework than is commonly used. This calls for interdisciplinary approaches, especially for processes at interfaces between natural and technical compartments, such as bank filtration. We will develop innovative links between empirical methods, experiments (laboratory and field) and models (conceptual and numerical) to describe the dominant interface processes in urban water systems on different scales of space and time as well as across scales.

Over a 3-year period, doctoral candidates will receive training that aims at facilitating completion of research leading to an original thesis and high-quality publications in the scientific literature. The Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), which is member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V., will create a unique interdisciplinary platform for urban water research. Together with associated partners from other research institutions, the water industry and local authorities we aim to create a stimulating research environment, facilitate international mobility, and provide support structures and assistance, all aimed at promoting the candidates' skill set required for successful science. UWI is organized along two groups:

We invite candidates to apply for one or more of the UWI PhD positions described above. Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter indicating research interests and experience, and the specific thesis topics they wish to apply for (please give your preference). Please include a letter of motivation, a letter of recommendation and a PDF copy of the Master’s Thesis. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Fluency in English is required.

Please send your application quoting the reference number and the respective project key (N1 – N7, T1 – T6) preferably by email in a single PDF containing all application documents to or in writing to Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident -, Fakultät VI, Fachgebiet Wasserwirtschaft und Hydrosystemmodellierung, Prof. R. Hinkelmann, Sekr. TIB 1-B 14, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin.

The TUB and IGB are devoted to increasing the proportion of women in science and particularly encourages female scientists to apply. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

For further information about the Research Training Group, please contact the speaker team:
Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann,
Prof. Birgit Kleinschmit,
Prof. Mark Gessner, Dr. Sabine Hilt,


  • TU Berlin, main campus Berlin Charlottenburg, Straße des 17. Juni, 10623 Berlin and campus Berlin Wedding: TIB-Gelände, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin

  • IGB Berlin, main location Berlin Friedrichshagen, Müggelseedamm 310/301 and location Neuglobsow / Lake Stechlin, Alte Fischerhütte 2, 16775 Stechlin

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Application Deadline : 13 April 2015

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