Doctoral Program


The Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) is strongly committed to the advancement of highly qualified students and their promotion to early-stage researchers. Our doctoral program strongly supports the development of individual science careers in optics and photonics, provides professional and practical course opportunities and contributes to individual soft skills development. A broad academic education at the highest international level within a modern research environment provides a profound up-to-date knowledge in a variety of fields - from fundamental sciences and laser physics to material sciences and life sciences. State-of-the-art laboratories offer optimum conditions for research at the frontiers of optics and photonics.

A cornerstone of our philosophy is to regard and value our doctoral candidates as scientists in all respects. The ASP offers an individually adjusted program to meet each candidate's scientific background and interests. This guarantees an optimal level of preparation for a high-profile career in research or industry.

Our broad scope of education

In addition to the regular courses which are part of the ASP program, a variety of special lectures is given by world-renowned Carl Zeiss Visiting Professors. Moreover, Master's degree students (M. Sc.) and doctoral candidates benefit from the close collaboration between ASP and some of the world's leading companies in the field of optics and photonics.


Interdisciplinarity is an inherent part of our philosophy. ASP provides a variety of courses that help students acquire additional knowledge in complementary sciences, as well as essential soft skills, e.g. in project management and leadership. In addition, ASP students benefit from various courses which are offered by FSU Jena's Graduate Academy. German language courses and intercultural training sessions help our international students quickly accommodate to their new home in Jena.