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Doctoral Programs

Graduate schools, research training groups and doctoral programs at Bremen University offer an interdisciplinary research environment for doctoral reseachers from Germany and abroad. Their early career researchers benefit from customized training and innovative forms of supervision.

For the promotion of early career researchers the University also cooperates with external research institutions, especially within the frame of the International Max Planck Research School for Marine Microbiology MarMic and the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research POLMAR.

BYRD Bremen Early Career Researcher Development

… is the central hub for all early career scientists to receive information ranging from qualification courses to administrative procedures as well as career paths. Our mission is to connect early career researchers, to foster their independent research skills and to provide the means for individual development. Our free courses and personal consultations are aimed at doctoral and postdoctoral candidates across all disciplines and all stages.

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Graduate Schools

Studienfahrt mit dem Forschungsschiff R/V Poseidon

Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences GLOMAR

The Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences has been supported by the Excellence Initiative since 2006. The structured programme serves as a central platform for interdisciplinary training for doctoral students in marine sciences at the University of Bremen and its partner institutions.

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Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences BIGSSS

The interdisciplinary Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences rests on the core disciplines of Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. BIGSSS was established in 2008 in collaboration with Jacobs University. It provides doctoral studies of excellence in the Social Sciences.

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DFG-Graduiertenkollegs

Contradiction Studies – Constellations, Heuristics and Concepts of the Contradictory

The doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of this Research Training Group explore how individuals, groups, institutions, and states deal with abstract demands for freedom from contradiction and thereby develop forms, procedures, and concepts for tolerating contradiction. Constellations of contradiction, the avoidance of contradiction, contradictoriness, and practices of contradiction are explored systematically and in a team-oriented way. The Research Training Group straddles perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and law, with a particular interest in postcolonially oriented discussions surrounding the cosmopolitization of knowledge production. The Research Training Group’s program was developed by 12 researchers at the University of Bremen from within the collaborative research platform »Worlds of Contradiction«

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Arbeitsgruppe im Freien auf dem Rasen

Social Dynamics of the Self

In this collaborative Research Training Group jointly run by Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen doctoral researchers study the interactions between individuals and their social environment. Whether culture, gender, social class or family: all human beings are exposed to systematic influences that shape them and their actions. These in turn have an impact on the social relationships and conditions in which everyone moves, and will in the long-term lead to social changes. These dynamic interactions and their consequences are analyzed in the dissertation projects of this RTG.

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Quantum Mechanical Materials Modelling QM3

University of Bremen, Jacobs University and University of Oldenburg and MPIHH have established a strong combination of Quantum Mechanical Materials Modelling  expertise from condensed matter theory to quantum chemistry and from ab initio methods to model Hamiltonians and force fields. On this basis, the RTG aims to build a uniquely interdisciplinary research and training environment, which combines the most important directions in quantum mechanical materials modelling from physics and chemistry in a structured doctoral program.

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Prof. Dr. Alfred K. Louis (Universität des Saarlandes) bei der Eröffnungsveranstaltung des RTG am 16. März 2016

∏³ : Parameter Identification - Analysis, Algorithms, Implementations

This research training group focusses 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.

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Einzelheiten zu einem Bohrkern aus der Arktis

ArcTrain - Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic

The International Research Training Group ArcTrain "Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic" provides a structured interdisciplinary environment for the education of PhD students to tackle the challenge of accelerated environmental change in the Arctic realm. The group combines the strength in marine geosciences and environmental physics in Bremen with complementary skills of a consortium of eight Canadian partner universities.

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Berechnung der Bahnkurve eines Teilchens um ein schwarzes Loch
Berechnung der Bahnkurve eines Teilchens um ein schwarzes Loch

Models of Gravity

The Research Training Group ''Models of Gravity'' deals with questions related to gravity. We attempt to obtain a better understanding of Einstein's General Relativity and of generalised theories of gravity. Such generalisations arise in the low energy limit of candidate theories of quantum gravity like e.g. string theory. These investigations also have practical applications like, for instance, the precise calculations of stellar and satellite orbits or the ticking rates of clocks on satellites orbiting the Earth which is the basis of the daily used GPS. Within the framework of this Research Training Group there will be an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration between physicists, mathematicians as well as space scientists. This collaborative research initiative comprises the universities Bremen and Oldenburg who are the leading partners and the Jacobs University Bremen and the Universities Bielefeld, Hannover and Copenhagen.

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Micro-, meso- and macroporous nonmetallic Materials: Fundamentals and Applications MIMENIMA

The exceptional research idea of MIMENIMA is the conditioning of novel porous ceramic structures and their surfaces for applications in important emerging fields of energy, environmental, chemical processing, bio- and space technology. An interdisciplinary team of materials scientists, physicists, chemists, biotechnological, mechanical or chemical engineers work together on this challenging topic.

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Graduate schools with non-university research institutes

International Max Planck Research School for Marine Microbiology MarMic

The International Research School for Marine Microbiology is run in cooperation between the University of Bremen, the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and Jacobs University Bremen. MarMic, which is funded by the Max Planck Society, offers a joint Masters and doctoral program in marine microbiology.

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Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research POLMAR

Doctoral reseachers of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research (POLMAR) examine the polar marine ecosystems and climate change. The Graduate School is funded by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. This graduate school is embedded in the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). It involves cooperation between the AWI, the University of Bremen, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Jacobs University Bremen, and the University of Oldenburg.

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