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The University of Kassel is a modern and growing University with round about 25.000 students. It has an extraordinary wide section with expertise of nature, technique, culture and society.

The University of Kassel establishes the interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) “Biological Clocks on Multiple Time Scales”, which is funded by the German Research foundation from April 2022 on. The RTG aims at investigating the principles of timekeeping in living organisms, enabling to orchestrate periodic processes with very different frequencies ranging from infradian over circadian to ultradian rhythms. The unique approach is to combine the expertise of biologists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, and engineers to advance the understanding of biological clocks.

In the first phase, the RTG seeks to fill the positions of:

12 Research Assistants (m/f/d)

starting from April 1, 2022, or soon thereafter. The positions according to the pay-scale EG 13 TV-H modified according to the requirements of the different disciplines are limited to 36 months (§ 2 Abs. 1 Satz 1 WissZeitVG).

Date of Hire:01.04.2022


Please send your application with the usual informative documents, stating the reference number in the subject line, via the online form. We have compiled further information for you in our FAQ.


Please apply online with your filled out application form provided at our homepage and with one additional document containing:

  • a coverletter including your motivation for your application (max. 2 pages);
  • your CV, including names and email addresses of two references;
  • one page summary each of your Bachelor and Master thesis including thesis title and  a list of the scientific techniques you acquired;
  • certified documents of your records, inculding grades of your final certificates obtained at your last school (Abiturzeugnis) and at the University (Bachelor & Master thesis);
  • one page max. of your scientific interests, including scientific techniques you want to acquire during your PhD., and your choice of the first and second research topic amongst our list you would prefer to choose for your PhD project in our RTG.


In exceptional cases, we will also accept your application documents in paper form addressed to: The President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany, or via mail to bewerbungen[at], stating the reference number.

In the case of postal applications, please submit only copies of your documents (no folders), as these cannot be returned. All documents will be destroyed after completion of the selection process in compliance with data protection regulations.

Descriptions of the 12 specific research projects of this phase can be found at:

We encourage applications of candidates with dedicated interest in any of the projects, and with background in (bio-)physics, (bio-)chemistry, system and control theory, mathematics, neurochemical biology, neurobiology, molecular biology, or related disciplines. Applicants should specify in their application a first (and possibly a second) choice of individual research project according to interest and qualification. The candidates are expected to work towards their PhD degree.


  • Scientific work on the research project
  • Active participation in the workshops and events of the RTG and collaboration with the PIs and other PhD candidates
  • Completion of a study program according to the curriculum of the graduate school

Required Profile:

  • Excellent Master degree or other respectively related academic degrees (such as Diploma or Magister) in one of the above-mentioned disciplines
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary research and education
  • Strong skills in English
  • Advantageous are experiences thematically related to the scope of the RTG

The University of Kassel is a midsize university with about 25.000 students, located in the city of Kassel, known for the DOCUMENTA, the most important international exhibition of contemporary art. The university is dedicated to interdisciplinary research, and it offers educational programs in the life sciences, humanities, fine arts, social sciences, education, and engineering. The university also offers different employment benefits, such as free public transport and no tuition. Furthermore, housing in Kassel is affordable.

For further information please contact the head of the RTG, Prof. Dr. Monika Stengl, E-Mail: stengl(at), or the project manager Dr. Thordis Arnold, E-Mail: thordisarnold(at)

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The protection of your personal information is very important to us, so we will handle your personal information with care. By your application, you allow us the storage and use in the sense of the Hessian Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act. You can object to this at any time. Your personal data will be deleted.

Information according to Art. 13 DSGVO for the application process at the University of Kassel can be found at:

The University of Kassel is very interested in the professional satisfaction of its employees. It is distinguished as a family-friendly university and, in the interests of equal opportunities, strives to offer everyone the same opportunities for development and to counteract existing disadvantages. It promotes the Family Welcome Service and also the Dual Career Service for positions that are scientifically and academically filled. One of the strategic goals of the University of Kassel is to significantly increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome. Seriously handicapped and equivalent applicants are given preference if they have the same suitability, qualifications and professional performance. Full-time positions are generally divisible (except when filling civil servant positions). Applications indicating the Position Number, which may be in digital form, should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany or, quoting the applicable reference number.

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