Seven PhD scholarships/positions in catalysis

Seven PhD scholarships/positions in catalysis

Einstein Center of Catalysis /Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering

Berlin, Germany

The Einstein Center of Catalysis (EC2)/Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering (BIG-NSE) is offering 7 scholarships (which become positions after one year) for a PhD in Berlin in the field of catalysis (chemical, biochemical). The next deadline for applications is March 31 2019.

The entry requirements for EC2/BIG-NSE are:

  • A Master‘s degree or German Diploma in chemistry, biology, physics or engineering.
  • A Certificate of English Proficiency (TOEFL with a minimum of 79 – ibt -, or equivalent) for applicants whose native language is neither English nor German.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

EC2/BIG-NSE offers a structured curriculum for obtaining the degree of “Doctor” within 3 years. The main characteristic of EC2/BIG-NSE is a comprehensive integration and mentoring programme for its students, especially international students.

It includes:

  • An “Initial Phase”, with intensive support, especially for administrative and integration aspects.
  • Preparation of a schedule by the students themselves during the first semester.
  • Continuous supervision by two professors/senior scientists and one mentor.
  • Regular evaluation of the students’ work/study achievements.
  • Continuous support for all professional and social aspects.
  • Regular lectures presented by renowned guest scientists from all over the world.
  • Language and soft skill courses.
  • Financial support for scientific materials.

The Center/School is working very closely with the Cluster of Excellence “Unified System in Catalysis” (UniSysCat – see, which is the follow-up Cluster of UniCat (see founded in Nov 2007 by the TU Berlin and 6 further Institutions in the Berlin area within the framework of the German government‘s “Excellence Initiative”.

The main research interest of the UniSysCat and EC2/BIG-NSE faculty is “Catalysis”, in a broad sense. The research fields involved cover a broad range of topics, from natural sciences to engineering. The faculty consists of internationally renowned professors and junior researchers from more than 60 research groups at 9 participating institutions and active in more than 10 research fields, who will be intensively involved in the supervision and mentoring of the EC2/BIG-NSE students.

A link to further information on the Graduate School can be found at ( Applications will only be accepted via the online application system, a link to which can be found on the same webpage. Candidates should specify on which project they wish to work. Informal inquiries on specific projects should be directed to the relevant supervisor. Successful candidates should be available to start around October 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.