Photonics Workshop at the Lichtwerkstatt Jena.

For doctoral students

How to engage in and profit from our doctoral program.
Photonics Workshop at the Lichtwerkstatt Jena.
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

First step: register yourself via doc-in

Dr. Silke Keiner und Ms. Twinkle Vohra working at the laser scanning microscope. Dr. Silke Keiner und Ms. Twinkle Vohra working at the laser scanning microscope. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Like any doctoral student at the Friedrich Schiller University, you only need to register once using the central registration tool doc-in. Please follow the instructions given there.

If you are supervised by one of the principal scientists of the Abbe Center of Photonics, your supervisor will make sure that you are registered in our program. In case of any doubt, please select Abbe School of Photonics as your graduate school affiliation during the doc-in registration or refer to your supervisor.

Equal gender opportunities and family friendliness

Students in the university's public gardens. Students in the university's public gardens. Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

ASP strongly and actively pursues gender mainstreaming and family-friendly working conditions. In particular, the competitive support instruments which aim to maximally link the doctoral student and postdoctoral career stages are considered to be optimally designed for promoting gender equality and for balancing disadvantages for female candidates. To further promote equal opportunity and family-friendly conditions, Dr. Isabelle Staude has been appointed as coordinator and contact person for gender issues. On request, she will provide advice and support for equal opportunity or family-related topics within the ASP. The support of young female scientists is a cross-sectional task for both the ASP and the Friedrich Schiller University and is taken seriously by both. It creates and secures conditions of equal opportunity for all its members independent of gender and background.

General information for doctoral students

Ultrashort pulse laser lab. Ultrashort pulse laser lab. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Further information

Adjustment of the high-power JETI200 laser system. Adjustment of the high-power JETI200 laser system. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
  • International and German students and staff can find information about studying in Jena or abroad at the university's International Office de. This office also provides information about international academic cooperation and exchange programs.
  • The Center for Families and Single Parents in Jena is the point of contact for advice concerning pregnancy and child care. The center can also help parents to obtain access to suitable child care arrangements.

Advice from former doctoral students on the secondary subject

Nonlinear optics laboratory. Nonlinear optics laboratory. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

With the latest doctoral studies regulations (Promotionsordnung), our doctoral researchers have been allowed more freedom regarding the choice of the secondary subject. However, it turned out that many of the requests for a secondary subject in optics and photonics were not accepted despite being very separate from the specific field one was working in. Historically, the secondary subject has been very tightly involved in the final exam just before the defense and was supposed to give the doctoral candidate a broader view outside of his or her field. The new regulation moved away from the former rigorous mode of a final exam to merely an ungraded colloquium at a time chosen by the student. However, if you are lucky, there are ways to avoid that:

  1. Address the lecturer of your subject of interest and check whether it can be treated as part of another field. Example: Quantum optics is categorized as optics but could also be accepted as theory if (A) the lecturer and (B) the Institute of Theoretical Physics (in this specific case) agree with this regulation for the individual doctoral exam. The dean may then approve the subject as secondary.
  2. Formulate a motivational letter together with your supervisor to approve the secondary subject. Note however, that if this happens too often in one group, no more approval will be given to members of that particular group.

As for international doctoral researchers, there is an increasing number of lectures in English in the regular M.Sc. Physics program. This makes it even easier to identify secondary subjects outside of the regular M.Sc. Photonics program.

Advice from former doctoral students on the WissZeitVG

Frequency conversion in a nonlinear optical crystal. Frequency conversion in a nonlinear optical crystal. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Scientific employment in Germany is organized by the "Wissenschafts-Zeitvertrags-Gesetz", which regulates the duration of non-permanent contracts. If you are planning for a career in science in Germany, it is essential that you know the implications for your doctorate and postdoc time, see also: Das Wichtigste zum WissZeitVG. [pdf, 1 mb] de