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CIT Rísam PhD Scholarships

CIT is delighted will shortly announce the Rísam Scholarship Programme 2014 for high-achieving final-year Bachelor (Hons) and Masters students thinking of undertaking PhDs. The Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis for research proposals aligned with CIT’s Research Prioritisation thematic areas. The main research activities are currently centered on four clusters that reflect the dominant strategic research strengths and critical mass at CIT: BioExplore (Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering); Nimbus (Electronic Engineering; Computing); Photonics (Applied Physics & Instrumentation) and Energy & Sustainable Environment (Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Marine; Architecture).   Further information on these and on research opportunities in Business, Humanities, Social Care, Music and Art is available at

The closing date for applications is yet to be announced.

PhD Programm at the Helmholtz International Research School for Teratronics

The Helmholtz International Research School for Teratronics (HIRST) pursues a new approach in research and teaching which constitutes an interdisciplinary link among the traditional disciplines of physics, electrical engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering. The PhD Program at HIRST combines fundamental principles of teratronic components, processes of materials science producing these components, engineering aspects of systems integration, and problems specific to application in medical technology and computer science.

This ambitious school has been initially founded by 11 institutes from the departments of Physics, Mechanical as well as Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. In addition important partner institutes such as the ETH Zurich and the University of Stuttgart are contributing to our innovative program.

Research focus
The PhD program of HIRST is shaped into six research areas, which cover a broad range of topics:

1. Research Area I: Enabling Technologies
2. Research Area II: Millimeter-Wave Electronics
3. Research Area III: Integrated Nanophotonics & Plasmonics
4. Research Area IV: High-Throughput Digital Signal Processing
5. Research Area V: THz Technologies
6. Research Area VI: Teratronic Signal Processing & Terabit/s Communication

Career development
The graduates design the future of electronic-photonic systems and are also competent in the handling of terahertz-signals and terabit data streams. Graduate students develop an international profile, and prepare for a career in research, teaching, management or industry. This is supported by additional training modules during the PhD work and personal mentoring.

Target group
Applicants with a Master‘s degree or diploma in physics, electrical engineering, information technology, engineering or optics & photonics.

How to apply
Applications are possible at any time. Also attractive scholarships are available. If you are interested in the PhD program at HIRST, you should specify your research area of interest and ideally send us a PhD project description of one page. Sending applications makes sense only if you can show extraordinary results of your study courses.

In order to find out which research area you would like to join, you can inform yourself on the PhD projects of the respective professors (contact details and links are provided on  Go to the website of their institutes and find out which working group you would like to participate in and what kind of projects are available in the different institutes or departments.

If you cannot find a project and a PhD advisor, please send me the required application documents without the letter of support. Please add a proposition for a PhD project and description, including the HIRST professors and institutes you would be interested to work for.

On our website you can find a complete checklist of the necessary documents for an application as well as the application form. Please send me all required documents as one PDF file attachment via email.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards from the beautiful south of Germany,
Miriam Sonnenbichler


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