MNTF Graduate Center

The MNTF Graduate Center offers various kinds of support for the Ph.D. students (Praedocs) and scientific employees with Ph.D. (Postdocs) of the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Materials Engineering (MNTF). Its activities are optional and not part of Ph.D. or Habilitation programmes.





New: Digicampus group MNTF-GZ - P.D. students and postdocs should register! This is where activities are planned, polls are taken etc. - please participate!





Junior Board

Research Associate
Analysis and Geometry
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Differential Geometry
Theoretical Physics III
Solid State Chemistry
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Polymer Composites Technology
Dr. Christina Kunzmann
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Materials Engineering (MRM)
Taskforce Wasserstoff H2.UniA



The Junior Board serves as point of contact for Ph.D. students and Postdocs. It receives proposals events and financial support and forwards them to the Senior Board. The Junior Board listed above was elected to at the kickoff event on April 25,2022; for the case that Hana Bunzen were to leave the board, Reyhaneh Khasseh was elected as an alternate.





Senior Board

Algebra and Number Theory
Theoretical Physics III
Processing of Complex Structured Materials for Demanding Environments



The Senior Board takes decisions on proposals for events and financial support. It is usually contacted only by the Junior Board. The above-listed Senior Board was elected by the MNTF Faculty Council on May 5, 2022; for the case that Prof. Arno Kampf were to leave the board, Prof. Christoph Westerhausen was elected as an alternate.





Archive: Kickoff Event 2022



Kickoff Event of the MNTF Graduate Center

Monday, April 25, 2022, 14:00

Lecture Hall T-1004, Physics Lecture Hall Building


All Ph.D. students and Postdocs of the Institutes of Mathematics / Physics / Materials Resource Management are cordially invited!



  1. Opening address, Prof. Dr. Manfred Albrecht, Dean of MNTF
  2. Overview of activities that can be supported by the MNTF Graduate Center
  3. Collection of suggestions for future activities
  4. Election of the Junior Board (3 Ph.D. students and 3 Postdocs, 1 each from each of the 3 institutes; also 1 spokesperson for each of the two groups)
  5. Summary and next steps



Important for Ph.D. students und Postdocs:


  • There is no fixed program for the MNTF Graduate Center, rather your participation and your ideas are absolutely necessary to devise activities that are useful for you.
  • At the Kickoff Event (see box on the left) ideas and suggestions will be collected -- please be there and participate!
  • See below for the framework and possible types of activities.
  • A Junior Board of Praedocs and Postdocs, which will serve as a point of contact, will also be elected by you at the Kickoff event.
  • If you have questions please contact Marcus Kollar (Physics), Christina Kunzmann (MRM), Peter Quast (Mathematics), and Amelie Schischke (MRM), who at present are the representatives of the scientific employees in the three institutes of MNTF and were involved in developing the MNTF Graduate Center.







Supporting Program for Young Scientists by the MNTF Graduate Center

The MNTF Graduate Center will help with the onboarding process as well as networking of Praedocs and Postdocs with yearly kickoff events, retreat meetings, and regulars' tables, as well as external science-related courses. Furthermore these young scientists can apply for financial support for scientific and soft-skill activities as well as seed funding. An elected Junior Board, consisting of 3 Praedocs and 3 Postdocs, will help with information and coordination and serve as a point of contact. Applications are submitted to the Junior Board and then sent along to the Senior Board, which consists of 3 professors of MNTF, for review and decisions. All activities in the MNTF Graduate Center are optional and not part of the Ph.D. or Habilitation programmes.

A1) Kickoff event for Praedocs und Postdocs (1x in spring, from 2022 on)

  • election of the Junior Board
  • designation of organizing committee for Praedoc off-site meeting (A2)
  • planning od regulars' tables for Postdocs (A3)
  • planning of further activities (A4, A5)
  • information about existing support by the university (scholarships, DAAD, travel grants, teaching reductions, ombudspeople, elected representatives, …)

A2) Off-site meeting for Praedocs with scientific topic (1x in the fall, from 2022 on)

  • 3 day off-site meeting (possibly with co-payment by participants), alternatively 2 days on campus
  • short talks / science slam as icebreaker
  • external and internal speakers, possibly hands-on scientific courses
  • possibly suitable for Praedocs from FAI or Med.Fak., depending on the topic
  • scientific and/or soft-skill training (e.g., for academic writing, scientific presentations, Bachelor/Master thesis supervising roles, scientific commuincation, …)
  • reports regarding completed activities, organisation of future events

A3) Regular's table for Postdocs (after first kickoff event)

  • open to all Postdocs employed at MNTF
  • intended in particular for current or future research group leaders
  • in approx. 2-3 months interval, informal regular's tabel, possibly split according to research areas
  • exchange regarding, e.g., transition to having your own research group, career planning, participation in academic committees, …

A4) Local activities for Praedocs and Postdocs

  • Savenetworking, recurring meetings, scientific speed dating
  • methodogical courses, guest lecturers, scientific postgraduate lectures by excellent external scientists, possibly with poster session
  • lab tours across the university, industry visits, knowledge transfer with industry, job talks, strategies for leaving academia, …
  • finding mentors, if desired
  • working group for maintenance of an intranet page with informationen und reports

A5) External courses

  • MNTF-specific courses, e.g., on data management, scientific marketing, career planning, gender-related topics, third-party funding applications, coding skills improvement strategies, …
  • courses and events are open to Praedocs und Postdocs, participation requires simple application and approval by supervisor
  • the Senior Board will decide in case of overbooking

B) Seed Funding

  • support for independent scientific projects (direct costs up tp 1.000 €)
  • application must be approved by supervisor, subitted to Junior Board and passed on to Senior Board
  • Senior Board may solicit (possibly external) reviews
  • project should be independent of dissertation/habilitation and their topics
  • applicatin must explain ineligibility for orther third-party seed funding at the university and state previously obtained seed funding
  • applications and results are to be reported to Junior Board and Senior Board and at kickoff meetings; referral to relevant university agencies: AMU, inventors' center, StartHub (founders' center), uni-t (transfer center)

Qualification Concept and Prerequisites

  • All additional qualifications that are offered by the MNTF Graduate Center are optional and not part of Ph.D. or Habilitation programmes. No separate membership is required. No certificitates etc. will be issued.

  • Praedocs und Postdocs may first participate in the annual kickoff and/or off-site meetings. There further activities will be planned and then listed on the intranet website to allow participation also at a later stage..

  • Praedoc activities are open to Ph.D. candidates that have registered this status with MNTF. Postdoc activities are open to scientific personnel at MNTF with completed doctorate. People from each group may be admitted to the other for certain activities.

Structure and Quality Assurance

  • Approved applications and completed activities should be reported to the institute and faculty council meetings, also in the form of an annual report.

  • At the first kickoff meeting a Junior Board, consisting of 3 Praedocs and 3 Postdocs, will be elected for a period of years, with all three institutes of MNTF represented, as well as two spokespersons, one from each section of the board.

  • Applications for MNTF-specific or central Graduate Center activities are submitted via the Junior Board to the Senior Board (consisting of 3 Professors from MNTF) for approval. The Junior Board will advise applicants, keep track of approved and completed activities, and serve point of contact for members of MNTF.

  • Quality assurance, adjustments to the external course program, and decisions in case of overbooking will be made by the Senior Board or delegated by it to other MNTF professors.

  • Participants should give online feedback on completed activities. The Junior Board will collect these evaluations and present them at the next kickoff meeting.

Long-term Benefits

  • Onboarding processes and networking opportunities have been requested by Praedocs und Postdocs. They are available at other faculties and universities, where they have proven to be very useful.
  • Networking among research groups and among the institutes of MNTF will also generate new collaborations and research ideas.
  • The structure of the Junior Boards is intended to facilitate proposals for activities.

Extension to Other Faculties and Further Collaborations

  • Scientific events may be open to Praedocs und Postdocs af related faculties (such as Faculty of Applied Informatics or Faculty of Medicine), for example regarding topics from Materials Science, Machine Learning, Biological Physics, Statistics, Modelling
  • In a similar fashion young scientists at MNTF should receive information regarding similar graduate activities in other faculties.