GRK 1694: Elementary Particle Physics at Highest Energy and highest Precision


The RTG GRK 1694 will terminate on March 2020. Because of this unfortunately we cannot accept any further applications. If you are interested in persuing a PhD in particle physics at KIT, please directly contact the PI you would be interested in working with: Staff

Ph.D. Positions Funded by Research Training Group

Applications for Ph.D. positions funded by the Research Training Group (RTG) can be submitted at any time. It is recommended that prospective applicants contact one of the principal investigators of the RTG ( before applying. Applications should be sent to the speaker of the RTG, Prof. Dieter Zeppenfeld (mailto:gk∂ and include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if any)
  • Transcript of University grades
  • Letter of support from undergraduate thesis advisor
  • Statement of research interests

Applications will be reviewed during the regular meetings of the RTG steering committee, that occur four to six times a year.

A successful applicant should hold an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Master's degree in the German university system and should have excellent grades (GPA 1.5 or better in the German system). The total length of applicant's undergraduate study should not exceed 5.5 years. Exemptions can be granted in exceptional cases.

A successful applicant will receive a salary that corresponds to 55% to 65% of the full amount of the German public service grade TV-L E 13.


PhD Students Not Funded by Research Training Group 

PhD students who work on core research topics of the RTG, can apply to become fellows of the RTG even if they are funded by other sources. Application to be recognized as a RTG fellow can be sent to the speaker of the RTG, Prof. Dieter Zeppenfeld (mailto:gk∂ The same excellency criteria apply to the selection of fellows as for selection of Ph.D. students funded by the RTG. Successful applicants have the same rights and obligations as Ph.D. students funded by the RTG.