For doctoral students

First step: register yourself via doc-in

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


If you are supervised by one of the principal scientist of the Abbe Center of Photonics, your supervisor will automatically take care 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

ASP strongly and actively pursues gender mainstreaming and family-friendly working conditions. In particular, the competitive support instruments which aim to maximally link 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 is 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


Further information


Advice from former doctoral students on the secondary subject

With the latest doctoral studies regulations (Promotionsordnung), our doctoral researchers were allowed more freedom regarding the choice of the secondary subject. However, it turned out many of the requests for a secondary subject in optics and photonics were not accepted even though 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 mere a colloquium with no grade and to a time chosen by the student. But if you are lucky, there are ways to sneak around that potentially:

  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 to 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 English lectures 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

Scientific employment in Germany is organized by the "Wissenschafts-Zeitvertrags-Gesetz" which regulates how long you can get a non-permanent contract. If you plan your career in Science in Germany, it is essential that you know the implications for your doctorate and postdoc time. Already in 2014, we provided an infosheet that summarizes the most important issues with typical examples. The document is written in German: Das Wichtigste zum WissZeitVG.