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A joint effort

At TU Braunschweig, there is a variety of ways for you to earn a doctorate: as an individual doctoral researcher, under the Structured Doctorate programme, under a doctoral degree programme, or as a student at a Graduate School or Research Training Group. The latter two focus on a specific topic and offer both academic support and the chance to collaborate with other doctoral researchers.

Since 2015, the newly-established GradTUBS graduate academy also offers interdisciplinary and interdepartmental support to help you earn your doctorate. Its events and training courses are open to all of TU Braunschweig’s doctoral students.

Graduate Schools and Research Training Groups

» International Graduate School of Metrology

The school’s curriculum is based on mandatory lectures providing comprehensive insight into all aspects of modern metrology, which is generally not included in the curricula of natural sciences and engineering study programmes. This is followed by specialised lectures in the two focus areas, Industrial Metrology and Fundamentals of Metrology. In addition, the curriculum includes summer schools, topical courses and a series of lectures given by doctoral students. Completion of a doctoral thesis typically takes three years. The applied education of doctoral students specialising in Industrial Metrology is supplemented by work placements in our industry partners’ calibration laboratories.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schilling – Institute of Electrical Measurement and Principles of Electrical Engineering

Participating institutes: Institutes connected to the Departments of Life Sciences, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics

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» Metrology for Complex Nanosystems

The NanoMet Research Training Group was founded by TU Braunschweig and the National Metrology Institute (PTB) to establish, jointly and across multiple disciplines, new paths towards the traceability of measurands in complex nanosystems. Its research focusses on three fields of nanometrology: complex measurands with multiparametric interdependencies, complex measurands in biological nanosystems and measurands based on quantum effects. Joint mentoring of doctoral candidates by scientists from TU Braunschweig and the PTB ensures that students will gain an in-depth understanding of metrology and its application in important emerging fields of technology.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schilling – Institute of Electrical Measurement and Principles of Electrical Engineering

Participating institutes: National Metrology Institute (PTB) and TU Braunschweig institutes connected to the Departments of Life Sciences, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics

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» Modelling the constitutive evolution of building materials and structures with respect to ageing

The goal of this research alliance is to develop approaches that describe and evaluate changes to building properties and quality caused by chemical and physical effects. The processes contributing to these changes are usually interconnected. The aim in describing them is to quantify the phenomenology of ageing and to predict the likely outcome in individual cases. Based on numerical and experimental investigations, simplified engineering models will be developed for application to support structures.

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Dinkler – Institute of Structural Analysis

Participating institutes: TU Braunschweig institutes connected to the Department of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, the Carl-Friedrich Gauß Department, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, and LU Hannover

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» Social Cars

The focus of SocialCars is to significantly improve future urban traffic with the help of cooperative approaches. How can individual travellers optimise their use of the transport infrastructure, increasing safety and reducing congestion and pollution? To answer this key question, SocialCars investigates the interactions between central, system-optimal management and individual, user-optimal actions.

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Friedrich – Institute of Transportation and Urban Engineering

Participating institutes: TU Braunschweig institutes connected to the Department of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, the Carl-Friedrich Gauß Department, the Department of Life Sciences, TU Clausthal, and LU Hannover

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» Gendered Configurations of Humans and Machines. Interdisciplinary Analyses of Technology (KoMMa.G)

From an interdisciplinary perspective, this graduate programme investigates how human-machine configurations arise that perpetuate inequality and injustice, and how this might be changed. The focus here is on gender. These doctoral students and their supervisors work across the disciplinary borders of the humanities, social and media sciences, and the natural, technical and engineering sciences in four fields of research: Abstraction and Modelling; Creativity and Design: Materialisation, Virtualisation, Representation; and Networks and Emotions.

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Corinna Bath – Maria-Goeppert-Mayer Professorship in Gender, Technology and Mobility
Prof. Dr. Bettina Wahrig – Department of the History of Science and Pharmacy

Participating institutes: TU Braunschweig institutes: Institute of Flight Guidance, Department of the History of Science and Pharmacy, Institute of Communications Technologies, Institute of Philosophy, Institute of Psychology, Institute of Steel Structures, Institute of Engineering Design; Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences: Faculties of Computer Science/Information Technology, Social Work, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering; Braunschweig University of Art: Institute of Media Studies

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» Protein Complex Assembly (PROCOMPAS)

This DFG-sponsored Research Training Group uses a broad range of methods to investigate the fundamental molecular principles by which proteins come together within a cell to form higher structures. Its research focusses on two types of protein complex modelling systems: one for metabolic channelling during molybdenum biosynthesis and another for bacterial respirasomes. The interdisciplinary biochemistry programme combines lecture series, seminars for doctoral students, methods workshops, work placements in other labs internal to the RTG (lab swaps) and external to it (visiting student programme), participation in international symposia and doing research abroad.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ralf R. Mendel – Institute of Plant Biology

Participating institutes: Institutes connected to the Department of Life Sciences and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

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» Geoecosystems in Transition on the Tibetan Plateau (TransTiP)

The TransTiP Research Training Group investigates the water resources and the species composition on the Tibetan Plateau within the context of climate change. The extent and causes of short- and long-term changes in sediment and carbon fluxes as well as the availability of water are quantified with high temporal and spatial resolution. The group’s PhD and postdoc projects from various geoscience disciplines are part of a top-level international research project and make use of emerging interdisciplinary approaches and methods.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Antje Schwalb & Dr. Nicole Börner – Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication

Participating institutes: TU Braunschweig institutes connected to the Departments of Life Sciences, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics; LU Hannover institutes; Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena institutes; in cooperation with Lanzhou University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

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TU Braunschweig institute participation in external research

» Gender as a Category of Knowledge

This Research Training Group adopts the interdisciplinary approach of gender research to explore the characteristic formations of gender as a category of knowledge within each discipline, and to compare the differences and similarities between the disciplines and their respective usage of this category of knowledge. Working groups comprising several doctoral students are tasked with interlinking individual research projects, conducting in-depth investigations of cross-project focus areas and fostering discussions of the various investigative approaches from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective.

Spokeswoman of the Research Training Group: Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, Department of Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Participating institutes: Department of the History of Science and Pharmacy

» NTH Focused Research School for IT Ecosystems (LocCom)

Through the LocCom cooperation project, we develop methods, concepts, and tools for decentralised IT ecosystems. Due to their high number of interconnections and interactions, individual software systems cannot be viewed in isolation. Instead, they should be seen as part of a larger IT ecosystem. By analogy with a biological ecosystem, a functioning IT ecosystem depends on a balance between individuals (autonomy) and the system’s set of rules (controllability). At the NTH School for IT Ecosystems, fundamental research work is being conducted in three research projects and across three sites.

TU Braunschweig contacts: Sebastian Schildt, Prof. Dr. Lars Wolf – Institute of Operating Systems and Computer Networks

The Graduate School is coordinated by Prof. Dr. A. Rausch, TU Clausthal.

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» NTH School for Contacts in Nanosystems

The goal of the NTH School for Contacts in Nanosystems is a better understanding and control of contact effects in nanostructures. In this context, “contact” refers not only to physical contact, but also includes all kinds of interactions between a nanostructure and its surroundings. Students investigate modelling systems and materials. The accrued knowledge will help to unlock new areas of application, for example in sensors, solar cells and molecular electronics.

Participating institutes: Institute of Applied Physics, Institute of Semiconductor Technology, Institute of Mathematical Physics, Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics

This school is coordinated by Leibniz Universität Hannover.

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