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FUB – CSC PhD Program: List of Open Positions for 2016

As part of the FUB – CSC PhD Program Freie Universität Berlin is offering an extensive number of open PhD positions in a wide range of subject areas.

In fact, these positions correspond to individual professors of Freie Universität Berlin, who are willing to become the academic supervisor of a Chinese PhD student starting from September 2016. 

Positions are listed by Department / Institute. Please click on individual subject areas to get detailed information on the respective open positions.

If not stated otherwise, all positions are suitable both, for PhD studies following Scholarship Scheme 1 and Scholarship Scheme 2.

Please pay close attention to our information on how to apply provided on this website.

Natural Sciences & Mathematics / Computer Sciences



Subject Area Name of Prof./Research Group Leader
Biology Biodiversity / Plant, Soil and Fungal Ecology (Biodiversity of fungi, plant-soil-fungal interactions)

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. RILLIG (Mr.)

Biology Plant Epigenetics, Plant Development (Epigenetic regulation of commitment to flowering)

Prof. Dr. Daniel SCHUBERT (Mr.)

Biology Plant Molecular Biology (Molecular mechanisms regulating cytokinin metabolism in the plant cell)

Prof. Dr. Tomáš WERNER (Mr.)

Biology Biochemistry of Plants (Plant Stress Management)

Dr. Lennart WIRTHMÜLLER (Mr.) / Prof. Dr. Tina ROMEIS (Ms.)

Biology Aquatic Evolutionary Ecology (Role of parasitic chytrids in regulating cyanobacterial blooms)

Prof. Dr. Justyna WOLINSKA (Ms.)

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Organic Chemistry: Natural Product Synthesis (Development of novel C–H functionalization reactions and their application in the synthesis of biologically relevant natural products)

Prof. Dr. Philipp HERETSCH (Mr.)

Chemistry and Biochemistry Physical Chemistry (Model studies on selective hydrogenation reactions)  

Prof. Dr. Thomas RISSE (Mr.)

Chemistry and Biochemistry Inorganic Chemistry (Development and investigation of unprecedented λ3σ2-diphosphinines: from fundamental studies to applications in catalysis) Prof. Dr. Christian MÜLLER (Mr.)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Cell Biology, Biophysics, Biochemistry (Cell biology of ion transport) Dr. Tobias STAUBER (Mr.)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Biochemistry, Molecular Immunology (Engineering MHC-peptide interactions for cancer immunology) Prof. Dr. Christian FREUND (Mr.)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Biochemistry, Molecular Immunology (Understanding proline-rich sequence recognition in the spliceosome) Prof. Dr. Christian FREUND (Mr.)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cell and Biomaterial Interaction) Prof. Dr. Nan MA (Ms.)
Chemistry and Biochemistry Theoretical Chemistry (Quantum theory of symmetry breaking and restauration in atoms and molecules by electric fields and laser pulses) Prof. Dr. Beate PAULUS (Ms.)
Geological Sciences

Geochemistry / Cosmochemistry (Origin of volatile element fractionation in components of primitive meteorites)

Prof. Dr. Harry BECKER (Mr.)


Infection Immunology (Immunity to nematode infections)

Prof. Dr. Susanne HARTMANN (Ms.)
Mathematics and Computer Science

Computational Biophysics, Scientific Computing

Prof. Dr. Frank NOÉ (Mr.)

Mathematics and Computer Science

Medical Bioinformatics (Identification of mutation-induced aberrant transcript structures from next-generation DNA and RNA-sequencing data)

Prof. Dr. Rosario M. PIRO (Mr.)

Mathematics and Computer Science

Medical Bioinformatics (Study of the relationship between topological association domains (TADs) and the conservation of co-expression; evaluation of its relevance for medical bioinformatics (e.g. for disease gene prediction))

Prof. Dr. Rosario M. PIRO (Mr.)

Mathematics and Computer Science

Computer Science, Dependability, Cloud Computing, Big Data (Analysis of Cloud Computing strategies)

Prof. Dr. Katinka WOLTER (Ms.)

Neurobiology Developmental Neurobiology (Formation of neuronal circuits during embryonic development)

Prof. Dr. Fritz G. RATHJEN (Mr.)

Neuroscience Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (Computational modelling of multimodal neuroimaging data)  

Prof. Dr. Dirk OSTWALD (Mr.)

Pharmacy Medicinal Chemistry (Fragment-based drug discovery by fragment ligation)  

Prof. Dr. Jörg RADEMANN (Mr.)


Photovoltaics / Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (Identification of Degradation Mechanisms in Organic Solar Cells)

Prof. Dr. Jan BEHRENDS (Mr.)

Physics Solid State Physics / Magnetism (Atomic-scale control of magnetic interface coupling)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang KUCH (Mr.)

Veterinary Medicine Bee Pathology (Obligate intracellular bee parasites: Cellular and molecular analyses of pathogen-host interactions)

Prof. Dr. Elke GENERSCH (Ms.)

Virology Herpesvirus Evolution (Polymerase fidelity in the evolution of virulent herpesviruses)

Prof. Dr. Klaus OSTERRIEDER (Mr.)

Virology Infectious Diseases (Herpesvirus integration)

Prof. Dr. Benedikt KAUFER (Mr.)

Humanities & Social Sciences
Department/Institute Subject Area Name of Prof./Research Group Leader

Private Law Theory (The Politics of Private Law / Civil Procedure Law)

Prof. Dr. Bertram LOMFELD (Mr.)

Linguistics (Address in East Asia and the West)

Prof. Dr. Horst SIMON (Mr.)

Linguistics (History of Linguistic Ideas)

Prof. Dr. Horst SIMON (Mr.)
Media and Communication Studies Media Studies (Emotional Repertoires in Reality TV) Prof. Dr. Margreth LÜNENBORG (Ms.)
Scientific Study of Religion

Reception of Greek / Roman Antiquity (Classical Tradition, Focus Mythology and Religion)

Prof. Dr. Almut RENGER (Ms.)
Scientific Study of Religion 

Religion (Focus Cultural Transformations of Buddhism)

Prof. Dr. Almut RENGER (Ms.)
Islamic Studies Muslim Migration to China (China's relations with the wider Muslim world) Prof. Dr. Ulrike FREITAG (Ms.)
Modern German Literature Thomas Mann, Jewishness, and Anti-Semitism Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brokoff

If you do not find an open position in your subject area on the list, you might consider looking for a potential supervisor at Freie Universität Berlin by yourself and contact the FUB - Beijing Office. Generally, every professor of Freie Universität could become your PhD supervisor. For hints on how to search for a potential PhD supervisor, please refer to the section on How to Find a Potential PhD Supervisor.

You might also consider applying to one of our Graduate Schools or Research Training Groups offering interdisciplinary research within a structured doctoral program. For more information click here.