Open Positions

2D-MATURE invites applications for 24 positions for PhD candidates (m/f/d) in the research areas of

  • synthesis and processing of scalable 2D materials;
  • analysis and modeling of their functionality in realistic architectures; and
  • implementation of these materials in optoelectronic and energy storage devices.

There are

  • 13 positions available in Germany (12 at University Duisburg-Essen, one at RWTH Aachen) from October 2022 for 3.5 years (salary 100 % TV-L E13) (Announcement: [EN][DE])
  • 11 positions in Canada at University of Waterloo

A subset of these positions will be for a “cotutelle” between UDE and UW, in which the candidates will spend equal time at UDE and UW. UW is also advertising 8 positions for a thesis-based Master of Applied Science.

The PhD candidates will be jointly supervised by two PIs with complementary scientific expertise, typically one from each country. All PhD projects are designed in a way that research is mainly performed at the home institution, but with a compulsory research stay of 6-8 months of the PhD candidate at the partner institution in the respective other country. A highly attractive and professional qualification program is mandatory.

We offer

  • opportunity to conduct high-level, interdisciplinary research in a stimulating environment
  • international exchange
  • interdisciplinary, international, and intersectoral training
  • regular supervision and mentoring

Your profile

  • you are a talented and enthusiastic candidate with high interest in the research topic of 2D-MATURE
  • you have abilities for problem-solving and independent work
  • your previous professional history fits to the research tasks of 2D-MATURE
  • your (expected) Master's degree has very good marks in a relevant subject area


Interested? Please fill in the application form electronically and include the following documents in one final PDF file (the application has to be in English):

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • CV with all relevant information (e.g., study program, research activities, and internships)
  • Transcript of records of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (at least partial)

Please submit the final PDF file via e-mail to: