International PhD Candidates

The doctoral studies at FAPS enable dedicated PhD candidates to work on exciting topics in the newest areas of research and technology. The research topics include the entire process chain for mechatronics products that begins with the packaging of electronic components, with the main focus on the assembly of electronic components, the production process of electrical drives, biomechatronics and efficient systems. For further information and the detailed topics please refer to this page.

Expectations toward the PhD candidates

  • Fulfilling the research tasks according to the proposed research schedule
  • Preparing teaching tasks (e.g. supervising of practical trainings, organizing and preparation of lecture units)
  • Supervision of master and bachelor students work
  • Implementation of organizational projects
  • Applying for and working on research and industry projects
  • Writing publications and creating presentations


The applicant is ought to prove that he/she will secure his/her financing during his/her stay at FAPS through any of the following financial means:


3-6 years

Type of Doctoral Program

Working Language

The working languages at FAPS are English and German. However, you are highly recommended to prove basic German language skills in order to increase the chance of getting accepted, and further on, to be able to accomplish the organizational tasks at the institute.
Your English language proficiency will be evaluated during the call interview, as part of your application process evaluation.

Language of the Doctoral Thesis

The doctoral thesis could be written either in English or German language.

Requirements for Applicant

The degree of the applicant should be equivalent to Diplomingenieur or the German university Master degree. The administration staff at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) will help you to process your degree equivalency.

Application documents

The following highlights the compulsory attachments for your application:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of university degree
  • Copy of any testimonial of professional activities
  • Letter of motivation
  • Doctoral proposal (including a clear research plan and project schedule)
Please send your application including above-mentioned documents to Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke.

More Information

Should you have further questions concerning the research topics, please contact the respective research group leader. For general questions please contact the Welcome Center of the FAU. You can also find important information on the university webpage. If you are looking for any accommodation available, it is worth checking the recommendations in this link.