Are you interested in the Science we explore in our group and think about joining? Great! There are many ways to take part in our research, so don’t be shy and contact us. Here are some pointers.


Whether you are interested in experimental, theoretical, or computational work, or maybe if you are not sure yet, there are many opportunities for participating. Of course, the extent to which this is meaningful depends a bit on your prior experience: have you been in a lab before? Do you enjoy theory-heavy homework problems? Have you done some coding?

While more experience is always better, we understand that everybody has to start somewhere, and we often can accomodate students who dive into a totally new experience but are very eager to learn.

Knock on the doors of the faculty you are interested in working with and just talk to us. Or, if there happens to be a global pandemic, send us an email. Let us know what interests you about the work, what experience you alreday have, and how many hourss per week you are thinking of devoting to research.

Prospective graduate student

As you apply to graduate school, you may not yet know what specialization you want to pursue; or you might have had some serious thoughts about biophysics. Either way, have a look at our work, and explore the individual pages of the faculty in our group. Does any of this look appealing? If so, feel free to contact us and ask more about it. In turn, tell us what specifically piqued your interest, and what potential background you have which you think will make you do well.

A very typical and entirely legitimate question many of you ask us is whether we anticipate taking up a new student. This depends on many things: ongoing projects, plans for future projects, current group size, and what students will graduate soon. It will also depend on finding. Unfortunately, the latter is often much harder to predict than any of the former, and so we ask for forgiveness if we often can’t make definite commitments.

Important: as a prospective graduate student, you do not apply directly to any of the faculty you are interested in working with. Instead, you should apply to the Graduate Program of our department. The application deadline tends to be December 15 for an icoming class that starts in the August of the following year—but please check our official webpages for any updates.

Incoming grad student

If you’re a new graduate student in our department, are exploring the many research initiatives that are going on, and are looking for an advisor, here are some of the thigns you can do:

  • Early in the academic year our department runs information sessions about our big research themes (Astrophysics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Electronics, Nuclear and Particle Physics), and many individual faculty also present their specific field.
  • You can do a rotation with a faculty member to explore their field. We typically offer three rotations: Fall, Spring, and Summer if your first year.
  • Talk do the faculty member you are interested in working with!


A postdoc position is the common next step for a scientist who contemplates a career in academia. Unlike for PhD positions, where you can joiun a department very open minded about what you will utimately work on, postdoc positions are often linked to specific projects, and require you to have skills that enable you to execute them.

The availability of postdoc positions depends even more strongly on funding. However, many funding agencies or foundations let you apply for fellowships that can support you, which can help you join research groups which at the moment do not have an open position. This is well worth exploring when you enter the “postdoc market”.

If you’re curious about a postdoc position with us, you should directly contact the faculty whose group you would like to join. See the sliders as a quick summary what appliocation material we would like to see.

Cover letter

Tell us who you are and what interests you about working here. Are you applying to a specific advertised position, or are you more generally exploring an opportunity to join? What experience do you bring? Where have you previously worked?


A short summary of the essential stages of your career: undergrad, grad school, potential previous postdocs. projects you worked on. Papers you have written.


You do not need to send us letters of recommendation when you first apply to or inquire about a position. We will request them at a later stage. But you should give us the names of 2 to 4 people (e.g. former advisors or collaborators) who we could contact about you.

Publication list

If you have more publications than fit comfortably on a short CV, you can append a separate publication list. You do not have to send us copies of individual papers, as long as they are easy to find online. It might be helpful, though, if you point out which of your papers you are partcularly proud of, which you have drive as a lead author, or which are especially pertinent to your work here with us.