Open positions in π3

π3 invites applications for the 2nd cohort of PhD positions!

This research training group, funded by the German Science Foundation DFG since 2016, focuses on problems in parameter identification which are at the core of a large variety of applications in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering as well as in industrial applications. This rich field of science presents a multitude of challenges in several fields of mathematical and applied research. More precisely, the endeavour to develop, analyse and optimise models and algorithms for deterministic parameter identification problems, which are formulated as high-dimensional minimisation problems for non-linear functionals, is the guiding principle of this RTG.

π3 is a collaborative project between mathematicians of the Center for Industrial Mathematics (ZeTeM), mathematicians in analysis, topology and statistics, and applied scientists at the University of Bremen.

The RTG π3 offers a multifaceted qualification programme in applied mathematics and scientific computing, including research stays at partner institutions abroad, annual summer schools, and training workshops. A structured study programme, built on individual competencies of the PhD students, helps to close possible gaps in the first year, and allows the students to reach the forefront of mathematical research in shortest time. A sophisticated supervision concept, including the principal investigator, a PhD advisory committee and, in particular, study groups of PhD students working on related topics and aiming at same challenges, supports the candidates to succeed with their research and PhD thesis within 3 years.

The 12 PhD students are expected to form an international, diverse, and multi-cultural group that fits optimally to the stimulating, international, and pleasant work environment provided by the principal investigators and researchers of π3. Gender equality will be given special emphasis within this research training group – female researchers are especially invited to apply.

For the second cohort of π3, starting fall 2019, the University of Bremen invites applications for 4 open PhD positions; in the following fields:

R1-3: Efficient and reliable discretisation of primal and adjoint operators (download)
PI: Alfred Schmidt
R1-7: Generalized tolerance regularization (download)
PI: Iwona Piotrowska-Kurczewski
R3-1: Feature recognition using topological data analysis (download)
PI: Dmitry Feichtner-Kozlov
R3-9: Generative models in image analysis: theory and applications (download)
PI: Peter Maass, Emily King

Please follow the links for detailed project descriptions. It is recommended to contact the principal investigators in charge of the individual projects or the RTG-speaker Prof. Peter Maass for further information.

All positions are for a fixed term of 3 years. The earliest starting date for each position is October 1st, 2019. The salary is according to the German federal employee scale TV-L E13, 75% of a full position (i.e., approximately €1700-1900 monthly net income).

Applicants are invited to submit

The recommendation letter should be sent by the math professor directly to us ( The application file should only include her/his name and affiliation.
All relevant documents, quoting with the official reference number A297/18, should be submitted by May 15, 2019, -- preferably electronically as a single PDF file to -- to the π3 coordinaton
Dr. Tobias Kluth
Zentrum für Technomathematik
Universtät Bremen
Bibliothekstraße 5
28359 Bremen

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its gender and diversity policies and is particularly aiming to increase the number of female researchers. Gender equality will be given special emphasis within this research training group. Applications from female candidates, international applications, and applications of academics with a migrant background are explicitly welcome.
Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.