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Master stipends and funded PhD positions within the IMPRS Physics of Light

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Master stipends and funded PhD positions
Closing date
15 Jan 2023
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Interested in the Science of Light?

The International Max Planck Research School Physics of Light (IMPRS-PL) at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) is an international graduate program that educates and trains a new generation of scientists at MSc and PhD levels.

In collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), we offer MSc stipends and PhD positions.

The language of instruction and interaction of our structured graduate program is English. Knowledge of the German language is not required, but we also offer German language classes at MPL and FAU.

Master’s applications are processed in two rounds with deadlines on January 15th and May 31st for the academic year starting in the following October. Decisions are communicated by March 1st and July 1st, respectively.

Students with a master’s degree who are interested in pursuing a PhD within IMPRS can apply and start at any time during the year.

IMPRS-PL is committed to recruiting outstanding students from diverse backgrounds and meeting them with openness and respect. We explicitly encourage female candidates to apply and welcome students from all over the world.

For more information about the IMPRS-PL application, selection and admission procedure, please have a look on our website!

What IMPRS-PL offers:

  • Combination of master and doctoral program
  • Excellent research facilities
  •  Structured curriculum
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Internationality
  • Additional skills courses
  • English as official language of program and instruction
  • Joint scientific and social events with other graduate schools in Erlangen
  • Career development and networking events

Research fields
Photonics, Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics, Laser Spectroscopy, Fibre Optics, Nano-Optics, Microscopy, Plasmonics, Biophotonics, Telecommunication, Optomechanics



Research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light covers a wide range of topics, including nonlinear optics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, photonic crystal fibres, optomechanics, quantum technologies, biophysics, and—in collaboration with the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin – links between physics and medicine. MPL was founded in 2009 and is one of the over 80 institutes that make up the Max Planck Society, whose mission is to conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

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