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 intensive expert counseling, customized training, and innovative forms of supervision.
For the promotion of early career reseachers 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.
Graduate Schools of Excellence
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.
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.
DFG Research Training Groups
ArcTrain - Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic
International Research Training Group
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.
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.
BIGSSS-departs is an international PhD program in the social sciences that offers to its two cohorts of early-stage researchers excellent doctoral studies in a PhD program that combines close supervision of dissertation work with a demand-tailored 42-month structured PhD curriculum. The program supports early scientific independence, fosters the development of intellectual responsibility, and prepares the PhD candidates for careers inside and outside academia. Another asset of the program is its focus on international mobility. PhD fellows commit themselves to a research stay at one of the BIGSSS-departs international networks’ renowned academic or inter-sectoral partner institutions. In return, BIGSSS-departs offers early-stage researchers from its partners the opportunity to conduct a visiting research stay at BIGSSS.
BINGO is a Marie S. Curie Initial Training Network, and thus, a graduate school, which involves 24 senior researchers and 13 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)) at 12 participating institutions from academia, non-profit organizations and industry from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Portugal. The programme focuses on the sustainable and efficient use of biological control agents (insects and mites) to reduce the impact of invasive and endemic agricultural pests without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides. The focus of its research programmes is on quantifying, describing and exploiting natural genetic variation that will be put at the service of dealing with the challenges in integrated pest control. Tailored for each environment-crop-pest-natural enemy combination, these are improvements in rearing, monitoring, and performance. The BINGO training program consists of a combination of research training, local training at the hosts and network-based activities, which include workshops and summer schools jointly organized by the academic and non-academic BINGO participants.
The over-arching aim of the European Training Network SLATE is two-fold:
- to understand key factors triggering submarine landslides, the subsequent motion and evolution of failed material, as well as ensuing geohazards, e.g. tsunamis; and
- to integrate an innovative broad range of scientific disciplines and private sector needs into a novel training-through-research and co-supervision of 15 ESRs.
SLATE focusses on investigating submarine landslides and associated geohazards as important natural risks that threaten offshore infrastructures and coastal regions in Europe. Submarine landslides can be far larger than any terrestrial landslide and can produce tsunami whose far reaching effects can rival those produced by earthquake-tsunamis, and which threaten increasingly populated European coastlines. Even small landslides can damage very expensive and critically important seafloor installations. For example, pipelines used for oil and gas recovery, or telecommunication cables that now carry over 95% of global data. The largest and most dangerous submarine landslides occur on low gradients of < 2° that are almost always stable on land. However, fundamental differences between slope failure on land and the seafloor are as yet poorly understood and remain a grand challenge.
The Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network ELENA focuses on the chemistry inherent in state-of-the-art processes of nanotechnology. Electron beam induced deposition (EBID) and Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL) produce structures with size in the nanometer regime and thus enable, among others, the production of powerful microelectronic devices. EBID writes free-standing 3D structures by decomposing molecules under the beam to form a deposit. Using masks, EUVL prints extremely narrow structures by exposing resist materials to UV radiation with very short wavelength and thus inducing chemical reactions. Within ELENA, a group of 15 international PhD students strives to obtain fundamental knowledge about these processes and thereby to enable the fabrication of increasingly precise nanostructures.
Young researchers work in the doctorate program ROMSOC in an international consortium of twelve academic and eleven industrial partners from seven countries.
Product development today is increasingly based on simulation and optimization of virtual products and processes. Mathematical models serve as digital twins of the real products and processes and are the basis for optimization and control of design and functionality. The models have to meet very different requirements: Deeply refined mathematical models are required to understand and simulate the true physical processes, while less refined models are the prerequisites to handle the complexity of control and optimization. The currently most favoured way in industrial applications to achieve such a model of hierarchy is to use a sufficiently fine parameterized model and then apply model order reduction techniques to tune this fine level to the accuracy, complexity and computational speed needed in simulation and parameter optimization.
The WG Industrial Mathematics of University of Bremen is head of the subproject „Data Driven Model Adaptations of Coil Sensitivities in MR Systems“ and collaborates with the company SagivTech Ltd. based in Israel. The main goal is the development of data-driven approaches based on neural networks and deep learning in the field of magnetic particle imaging (MPI). MPI is an evolving technology aiming at non-radiative, non-invasive imaging of functional parameters such as blood flow or targeted metabolic processes.
MICROMAN - European Training Network on “Process Fingerprint for Zero-defect Net-shape MICROMANufacturing”
The European Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘’MICROMAN” involves eight universities and 13 industrial partners. The goal of this initiative is to build on Europe’s competitive advantage and provide an injection of expertise into its micro manufacturing industry. It is, first and foremost, a research training programme. At its heart are 13 Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) undertaking research-based training programmes in collaboration with their industrial partners.
Micro manufacturing refers to the industrial production of miniaturised components that have overall dimensions in the submillimetre range and tolerances in the micrometre range. However, even though European industry is among the worldwide technology leaders, the increasing market demands suggest a need for expansion of micro-fabrication process capabilities for mass manufacture of micro-components and miniaturised parts. These range for example from micro injection moulding, with its applications in non-invasive brain surgery, to micro mechanical polishing, which is useful for the machine tool and micro die industry.
Joint Programs with non-university research organizations
Other doctoral programs with external funding
The graduate school Empowering Digital Media is funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The goal of our graduate school is to research the role of digital media in the digital revolution and to design, develop and evaluate novel user interfaces and artifacts. The program started in 2017.
Seven groups of the University Bremen and one group of the University Münster are the participants of the graduate programme NanoCompetence, based at the Centre for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology (UFT). They form an interdisciplinary team of natural, social and applied scientists who are working in four tandem groups with a close connection between natural and social scientist partners, respectively.
At the International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics, doctoral students from the fields of Mathematics/Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Economics explore issues surrounding production and transport logistics which are becoming increasingly complex in the wake of globalization. This graduate school is supported by the University of Bremen, the Kieserling Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the enterprise sector.
Funded by the Institutional Strategy within the Excellence Initiative launched by the Federal Government and the Federal States
This joint graduate program of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI Bremen), the German Aerospace Center (DLR Bremen) and the University of Bremen adresses the research field "methods and tools for circuit and system design". In particular, systems built of integrated circuits and close interaction with software are targeted.
Doctoral Programs Funded by the University of Bremen
The program combines teacher training (Referendariat) with a doctoral thesis in didactics. In doing so, the close contact with school practice ensures that today’s relevant questions of teaching development are being researched and that the results are reflected in everyday school life. The “Dual Promotion” is carried out in close collaboration with the University, the LIS (teaching authorities) and the schools and concludes with the second state examination and a PhD in didactics of one of the two school subjects.