The PHGS ensures that doctoral candidates receive an internationally recognized and optimally supervised education in their respective fields. »
Through the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School training programme, doctoral students acquire professional skills in different fields of knowledge. »
The graduate school welcomes applications from highly motivated students two times a year. Next call for applications will open in October 2016. »
Pioneering research fields & interdisciplinary networks
PIER concentrates on four pioneering research fields and two areas of expertise that form interdisciplinary networks between the research fields: Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Nanoscience, Photon Science, Infection and Structural Biology, Accelerator Research and Theoretical Physics.
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
Thanks to the collaboration between Universität Hamburg (UHH) and DESY research centre, Hamburg is internationally recognised as one of the most powerful and highly regarded sites for high-energy physics.
Hamburg is an internationally recognized location for research into nanomaterials. This research focuses on both the synthesis and the non-destructive analysis and study of new kinds of functional materials and their molecular processes under conditions of environmental, technological and industrial relevance.
As a research location, Hamburg boasts a globally unique constellation of complementary expertise in the following closely interrelated fields: laser physics, quantum optics, short-time physics, X-ray physics and atomic and molecular physics. All of these fields are heavily involved in photon research.
Infection and Structural Biology
Universität Hamburg and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) are currently establishing an interdisciplinary research area whose focus is on "global and newly occurring infections".
The DESY research centre is one of the world's leading institutes when it comes to building and operating large particle accelerators. DESY and Universität Hamburg have been closely collaborating on accelerator research for decades. Together, the two partners develop new technologies and study accelerator physics at existing facilities.
The Wolfgang Pauli Centre (WPC) unites the various theoretical physics research groups that are working on particle and astroparticle physics, cosmology, mathematical physics, condensed matter, quantum optics and chemical physics at Universität Hamburg and DESY.