Vacancy Notice  231/2020

The Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.


The Faculty of Mathematics seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Institute of Algebra and Geometry (Prof. Dr. Petra Schwer):

Research Assistant (PhD position)

Salary Scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing:
January 1st, 2021

Fixed term:
3 years
Contract status:
75 %

Within the DFG-project “A unified approach to Euclidean buildings and symmetric spaces of non-compact type” of the Priority Program 2026 “Geometry at infinity” we provide an opportunity to pursue a PhD project. The employee will be based in Magdeburg and will work highly self-motivated on the aforementioned project under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Petra Schwer and Prof. Dr. Linus Kramer (WWU Münster). Active participation in the local research groups as well as in the SPP 2026 is expected.

Requirements for the position:

Applicants should hold a relevant academic degree (Diploma/Master) in Mathematics.

We expect the successful candidate to have research interests and a strong background in one of the following areas: metric geometry, the theory of buildings or the theory of symmetric spaces. You enjoy working in teams, are highly motivated and are looking forward to a three year period of interactive research? Then we look forward to receiving your application.

Excellent English skills (both written and oral) are required.


You can find further information on the website of the priority program For specific questions concerning the advertised position please contact Prof. Dr. Petra Schwer (petra.schwer[at] or Prof. Dr. Linus Kramer (linus.kramer[at]

Applications from disabled persons will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. The Otto von Guericke University aims to increase the proportion of women researchers within the university and specifically encourages women to apply.

Please note the information for storage of personal data:

Please send your complete application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, references) by October 31st, 2020 (date of receipt of application) using the online application portal.

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