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The Institute for Solid State Research provides a dynamic and diverse environment for the training of undergraduate and graduate students. In particular, we offer upper-level undergraduate training programmes in the framework of student apprenticeships and diploma works as well as graduate training, consisting of practical research training, courses, workshops, and multidisciplinary research projects. We are looking for highly motivated individuals from the fields of physics, chemistry, material science, engeneering and related subjects. People will be actively involved in in an international high-level scientific environment and trained in our research fields.

Please note! Position available at TU Dresden:

Junior Professorship (W1) in Synthesis and Crystal Growth of Quantum Materials eng/ger

Student Apprenticeships and hands-on training

In the framework student program we offer student apprenticeships (studentische Hilfskräfte) and hand-on training in our research teams. Please contact Prof. Bernd Büchner or the group leader working in the field of your interest. You will actively work on one of our current research topics and gain valuable experience in experimental solid state physics.

Bachelor / Master and Diploma Topics

Our ongoing research activities always generate interesting and challenging research topics which can be addressed in the framework of a bachelor, master or diploma work. We offer diploma and master works in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials research and engeneering for students from universities as well as from universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen). If your personal preferences and expertises should not be covered by the available bachelor, master and diploma topics, we will be able to find a research topic which is adjusted to your individual wishes and to the requirements of your university.
In your bachelor, master and diploma work you will be trained by means of targeted research on an up-to-date problem of current solid state research. The involved staff members of the Institute for Solid State Research guarantee an excellent training and support in a specific experimental technique. For further information about possible bachelor, master and diploma topics we invite you to contact Prof. Bernd Büchner or the group leader working in the field of your interest.

To see our Bachelor/Master topics please click here 

PhD Topics

The Institute for Solid State Research runs an ambitious PhD program which combines outstanding basic science education with training in state-of-the-art experimental techniques. The PhD works which we offer are mainly in the field of physics and chemistry, but there are also topics in the fields of materials sciences and electrical engeneering. Usually, open positions evolve from our daily research activities and are filled on the short term. We therefore invite applicants at any time to submit their CV and a description of their research interests to Prof. Büchner or to a contact person of the respective research topic.

Post Doc positions

In several projects we offer Post Doc positions for usually 6 months to 3 years in which experienced scientists can join our research activities. 

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Formalities before arriving

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is necessary when coming to Germany. For EU citizens, it is sufficient with an ID card provided that the citizenship is stated on the card. Generally, citizens of countries outside the EU have to obtain a visa before they come to Germany. The list of countries is available at Visitors, who need a visa have to apply for the visa at the German Embassy / Consulate in their home country. If you need a letter of invitation for your stay at IFW Dresden please contact Ms Höllerer (k.hoellerer at

Where to find flat offers

IFW Institute Flats

The IFW has a few flats near the institute. Please contact Ms Höllerer (Secretariat Prof. Büchner – k.hoellerer at to ask about free flats.

Dormitories/ Wohnheime
Official web site of Studentenwerk Dresden with links to dormitory web sites and further information.

Max-Planck-Institute guest houses

Flat share/ Wohngemeinschaften (WG's)

It is also very common to share an apartment with other people. You can find offers for room share under:

On the Internet; see for example: (web page of the Sächsische Zeitung) (web page of the Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten) (page available in a great range of languages)

In newspapers and magazines; see for example:
• Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten (classified ads for flats on Wednesdays and Fridays) see also internet
• Sächsische Zeitung (classified ads for flats on fridays) see also internet
• SAX (monthly city magazine) see also internet
• DRESDNER (monthly city magazine)

The Rent
In Germany the total rent for an appartment consists of two different parts. The so-called cold rent is the basic rent depending on the size of the appartment. If the additional costs for water and heating are added it is called warm rent. Normally, cost for electricity and telephone are not included in the rent. Then, a separate contract with the particular company has to be arranged.

Notice Period
Please be aware of the fact that the legal notice period (time between the cancellation of your appartment and your moving) is three months.

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First working day at IFW

Please sign your contract in our personnel department before starting your work - before 9.00 a.m. on the first working day or some days before your start.