PhD student (f/m/d) in Geometric Group Theory

Job description

You will progress towards research independence while working on a PhD project in Geometric Group Theory. Potential topics include cube complexes, group automorphisms, generalisations of Gromov-hyperbolicity and the interplay between these concepts. However, broader interests are appreciated and encouraged. The PhD position is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) through Dr. Elia Fioravanti's Emmy Noether grant "Coarse medians as a hyperbolicity surrogate" (515507199). 

Personal qualification
  • Candidates should have successfully completed a master degree in mathematics by the starting date.
  • Proficiency in the English language is expected.
  • Basic knowledge of geometric group theory is particularly appreciated.

Salary category 13 TV-L, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

 we offer

Become a member of staff of the only German University of Excellence that conducts large-scale research on the national level. Work under excellent working conditions in an international environment and be active in research and academic education for our future. Benefit from specific training when starting your job and from a wide range of further qualification offers. Use our flexible working time models (flexitime, work from home), our sports and leisure offers, as well as our child and holiday care services. We also pay a share of EUR 25/month in the Job Ticket Baden-Württemberg. Enjoy a large variety of dishes, snacks, and beverages at our canteens.

Organizational unit

Institute for Algebra and Geometry (IAG)

Starting date

October 2024

Contract duration

3 years

Application up to

 April 26, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Elia Fioravanti.


The following documents should be sent as a single pdf file to

  • A copy of your CV.
  • Academic transcripts of the courses taken during your university education, with grades where applicable.
  • A 1-page description of your mathematical interests and motivation; as part of this, you could mention a theorem that you find particularly beautiful or captivating and why.
  • A pdf of your master's thesis, or a 1-page summary of its topic if it's still in progress.
  • Two reference letters, to be sent directly by the referees to the same address ( by the deadline. (Do not include these in the single pdf file.)


Vacancy number: 1149/2024


We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.