Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz envisions a training program targeted towards excellent undergraduate students from all over the globe. This 5-week Master Academy offers intensive training on selected topics in fundamental physics and meteorology, networking and research experience in international collaborations, and social activities.
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Johannes Gutenberg University in the historic town of Mainz, Germany offers a two-year international research-oriented master program in physics or meteorology as well as dedicated PhD programs. The major tracks of study are related to the excellent research at JGU in the fields of quantum and atomic, hadron and nuclear, particle and astroparticle, and condensed matter physics. Major topics of study in meteorology cover the fields of atmospheric dynamics and modelling, atmospheric radiation, atmospheric chemistry and trace gas dynamics.

The 5 week Academy will acquaint the participants with the scientific contents and prerequisites of graduate studies in physics or meteorology at JGU. The program is taught in English and consists of introductory lectures, training of problem-solving skills and individual mentoring. In addition, the participants have the opportunity to  work on an individual project within one of the JGU research groups. Participation in the academy can be a first step towards full graduate studies in physics or meteorology at JGU. Students with an outstanding Bachelor of Science degree (best 10%) can be considered for a PhD at the University (Fast-Track PhD).

General Information

Program of the last Master Academy: 15/2/18 Arrival & practical information, accommodation, welcome reception | 16/2/18, 10am Introduction to Master Studies in Physics at JGU - Prof. Lutz Koepke, afternoon: Sightseeing tour Mainz | 19/2/18 - 23/2/18 Quantum Mechanics in a nutshell - Prof. Hubert Spiesberger, Lecture 9-12am, Excercises 2-5pm | 26/2/18 Physics from the femto to the Planck scale - Prof. Lucia Masetti | 27/2/18 Spintronics - Prof. Mathias Kläui, | 28/2/18 Quantum Technologies - Prof. Patrick Windpassinger, | 1/3/18 Accelerator Physics - Prof. Kurt Aulenbacher, | 2/3/18 Soft Materials - Prof. Friederike Schmid, | 5/3/18 - 22/3/18 Practical training in research groups, | 23/3/18 Presentations of participants / closure | More information:

Scope of the Academy

A dedicated lecture series will review important experimental and theoretical concepts, which form the basis of all advanced studies and physics research at JGU. The lectures will be accompanied by practical training sessions on problem solving. The lectures will continue with an introduction to the major fields of research in:

  • Accelerator and detector technologies

  • Physics from the femto to the Planck scale

  • Quantum technologies

  • Soft materials

  • Spintronics
  • Atmospheric sciences
All participants will gain first-hand insights into the ongoing research activities at JGU by joining a research group in which they can pursue their own scientific projects, supported by individual mentors. The program is complemented by German language courses as well as social and cultural activities, providing the opportunity for networking and interaction with leading scientists and other students from all over the globe.

Selection procedure and time schedule

A committee consisting of international researchers and JGU faculty members will select the participants. All applicants will be notified of the decision immediately. The educational and scientific program of the Academy will undergo further modifications according to the individual qualifications of the participants. A detailed time schedule will be provided by the beginning of July 2018.
Department of Physics at Mainz University

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Contact Persons:

Prof. Dr. Lucia Masetti, Physics
Tel: +49 6131 3922893

Prof. Dr. Michael Ostrick, Physics
Tel: +49 6131 3924085

Dr. Heiko Bozem, Meteorology
Tel: +49 6131 3922862