- Computational Logic
proof theory, computational complexity and automated deduction
- Databases / Artificial Intelligence
applications of logic to databases and articial intelligence
computer-aided verification, in particular model checking
In the years 2014-2018, the doctoral college will admit 30 PhD students. 10 positions are reserved for female applicants. PhD students will be employed as researchers, see Financial Arrangements for details.
Applicants may state their preference for an advisor or research field in the admission form. Assignment to the PhD advisor and one or more co-advisors should be decided at the point of admission to the program.
- Applications can be submitted at any time.
- Applications will be screened four times a year on the following dates:
June 15th, September 1st, December 1st, March 1st.
Shortlisted students will be invited for two rounds of interviews by phone and face to face. Where this is not feasible, the face to face interview will be replaced by video-conference or a phone interview.
Who is Eligible?
We invite applicants from all countries to apply. Candidates should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or related fields, and an excellent record of study. In exceptional cases outstanding students with excellent marks on their Bachelor’s degree can also be admitted. Previous knowledge in the areas of the doctoral college (computational logic, databases/AI, verification) is desirable but not required.
Furthermore, 10 of the positions are reserved for female applicants. Qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Please download the application form and follow the instructions below. All information provided in the application form must be accurate and complete. All correspondence will be made via e-mail using the e-mail address you have specified in the online application form. Please check your e-mails regularly and keep your mailbox ready to receive.
Attach 2 separate PDF files as follows:
Important: The PDF form has to be filled out electronically and saved in PDF format. To ensure the data is saved properly, we recommend that you use Adobe Reader. We cannot accept scanned versions – the form will be processed electronically.
All other required documents in the order stated below. Please merge all these documents (except the application form) into a single PDF file named
documents.pdf. The file size should not exceed 5 MB.
- Evidence of prior achievement
Degree certificates (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or higher) of a post-secondary education institution including course transcripts and an explanation of the grading system(s) used in these degree certificates.
- Abstract of diploma / Master’s thesis
- Curriculum Vitae
- Motivation Letter
- At least two letters of recommendation
At least one of your referees should have a scientific background.
If your referees prefer, letters of recommendation may be sent separately to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly indicating the applicant’s name.
- Certificate of English language proficiency (see below)
- Scan of the applicant’s passport
Only the pages containing your personal data and picture.
- Officially certified transcripts of degree certificate(s)
Only for non-EU citizens (excl. Swiss nationals).
- Optional: Research proposal
If the subject and file names were correct, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation email. Please recheck the subject and file names if you do not receive such an email! In case of subsequent corrections of a successful submission please contact us and do not submit the form a second time. If we receive two or more application forms from the same person, we will not consider any of them.
English Language Proficiency
Non-native English speakers need to ensure that their English proficiency meets the doctoral program’s requirements to fully benefit from their courses. The doctoral program encourages applicants to provide the following tests/scores for English language qualifications:
- TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based, 217 computer-based or 81 internet-based
- IELTS score 6.0 or higher
- CAE score B or higher
However, command of the English language can be proven in many ways, depending on a student’s prior education. To this end, students should hand in any language certificates, diplomas, etc. as a part of the application documents. Applicants’ adequate command of the English language will also be assessed during the application interviews.