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PhD Students Wiki

Welcome everyone to the PhD-Wiki at GSI! If you are a new PhD student read this

The page is at to the Moment in rebuild and under maintained by a group of PhD-students, the "Promovierendenvertretung". We want to keep the PhD students life at GSI worthwile and we want to improve working conditions.

If you have questions or want to join you can simply write an e-mail to, we're open to everybody.

We also have:
  • Weekly Meeting:
Friday 12 noon on zoom.
Join us If you have questions or do not want to eat alone. If you have problems with your disertation and want to speak more privately, send us an email. We will make another appointment to help you.
  • Telegram group:

Best regards

Mathilde Himmelreich, Christian Suerder, Simone Aumüller

General News

Interesting news concerning PhD candidates at GSI are published in this section in irregular intervals.
  • (20.10.2015) -- Philipp Sitzmann is our newly elected HGS-HIRe Participant Representaitve ( The Participant Counil also apointed Antje Peters ( and Sven Koeppel ( as Deputy Participant Representative for the year 2015-2016. All of them could jointly contact via too.
  • (09.04.2015) -- HGS-HIRe Participants Newsletter- April 2015 : Please have a look to some of the activities, news, information and events that you may like to know about in the . Everything that could be of your interest is communicated by our first newsletter service. Feel free to send in feedbacks, suggestions and if possible information for the next newsletter (scheduled for May 2015). (Queries, suggestions and feedback could be communicated to and/or ). Click Here for the Newsletter April 2015.
  • (10.12.2014) -- Two new Helmholtz-Juniors have been elected at the Participant council meeting to represent us on the next HeJu Annual Meeting in Bremerhaven on January 2015. The winners of the election are Cathrina Ullmann and Jiaoni Bai, from Goethe University in Frankfurt
  • (01.12.2014) -- Survey for the feedback and suggestion for the next Graduate Days Event in 2015 is announced. Please participate by filling in the survey form.
  • (26.11.2014) -- HGS-HIRe Participant Council Meeting will be organized on 4th December 2014 (Thursday) at Main Auditorium, GSI Darmstadt from 16:00-17:00. Agenda and Information can be found on the poster and also on the indico web page.
  • (18.11.2014) -- HeJu-Internal Meeting will be organized on 20th November 2014 at KBW 2.027 from 17:30-18:30. Agenda and Information can be found on our Indico page here.
  • (17.11.2014) -- Subscribe to PhD -all mailing list. New information poster for all students. Subscribe from or send us a small email to Click here to see the poster.
  • (11.11.2014) -- The representative for the HGS-HIRe can be reached by this new email address:
  • (26.07.2014) -- 2nd PhD Science and Perspective Day 2014 will be organised on 11th August 2014. Aplly for Poster by sending email to PhD Student Representative Pradeep Ghosh at
    Know more at Event page
  • (26.07.2014) -- 2nd PhD Grill Party 2014 to be organized in GSI on 31st July 2014. We have reserved the Guest House foyer for having BBQ on Wed July 30 16:00-21:00 so if you want to come save the date. It will be a potluck AKA everyone brings something BBQ because it was not possible to secure funding from HGS-HIRe. The potluk here only covers the sides, regarding the meat/cheese/whatever for the BBQ it's everyone for themselves.If you bring potluck (something to share) please announce during sign up below. Suggestions: salad, bread or beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cardboard plates, durable trash bags and plastic (cups, -forks, -knives). If you want to see who's already coming and what they bring you can check here:
    and then Sign up here (so we can have enough BBQ devices and coal): You can bring everything you like. Contact: Paul Goergen for more details.
  • (08.04.2014) -- PhD Student's meeting April will be organized on 16th April 2014 at KBW Hoersaal from 14:00-15:00. Agenda and Information can be found on our Indico page here.

  • (14.02.2014) -- HIC-for-FAIR Review : One of our funding partners, the HIC for FAIR program, will be evaluated this spring.The evaluation will take place on April 2, 2014. The scientific program of the evaluation is still being discussed, however there will certainly be contributions from PhD students needed. Since many of you are funded by HIC for FAIR, it might be a very good idea to keep this day free, in case your supervisors ask you for contributions. This way we can avoid short notice schedule problems.

  • (12.02.2014) -- Auslaenderbehoerde (Alien Office) Darmstadt Office at TU Darmstadt reopened. For student who need residence permit for staying in Germany longer than 90 days or so has to visit this Office. The Office was closed 2 years ago and has been reopened now and functioning properly. Please send us the feedback/comment on if you are lost or need help.
  • (13.02.2014) -- GSI Movie Evening 13.02.2014. "Tanz der Teilchen" time 16:00 Hrs GSI Main Auditorium.
  • (13.02.2014) -- um 16 Uhr im Hörsaal, GSI-Kino – „Tanz der Teilchen“. Der Dokumentarfilmer Robin Jähne entführt allgemein verständlich und auf ungewöhnliche Weise in die Welt der kleinsten Teilchen, Beschleuniger und Detektoren. Gedreht wurde bei CERN, DESY und natürlich GSI.


Upcoming events

(go to PhD Events page for more information)

Past Events:

Some of the past events were:
  • 2nd PhD Student's Science Day ( Indico Page)
  • Summer PhD Students BBQ 2014
  • Practice-Your-Defense ( Indico Page) : New Initiative by us in cooperation with HGS-HIRe and Helmholtz-Juniors @GSI


Topics concerning PhD students at GSI

This section covers topics related to the daily work of PhD candidates and students at GSI.

$ PhD Mailing List mail.gif: The info channel for PhD candidates and master students working at GSI.
Administrative Challenges at GSI
Information and HowTo's concerning different administratives tasks at GSI, like getting a radiation badge or filling a travel form.
Scholarship or contract?
How to make the best of each.
Answers to your questions, e.g. about contracts, health insurance and others (will be expanded) If you are a Scholarship holder you should also look at the official HGS-HIRe FAQ
PhD and expecting/having a baby
Information about being or becoming a parent during your PhD.
Graduate schools at GSI
An overview of the graduate schools at GSI $ Information for new colleagues: Interesting things for newcomers at GSI can also be found in the internal area of the GSI homepage. These are partially interesting for PhD candidates and students, too. Have a look! (visible only inside the GSI network) $ FeedBack area bubble.gif: Have you just finished your work at GSI? Do you want to share useful information among your colleagues about daily work and life here?
In the FeedBack area you can do so!
After completing the PhD
What do you do after you complete your PhD? Have a look into this section for some ideas. $ GSI Calendar: You want to know what's going on at GSI in the next weeks? Look at the public calendar!

Helmholtz Juniors at GSI

There is no real established organization of the PhD students at GSI. Due to the fact that virtually all PhD Students at GSI are part of HGS-HIRe the official channel for complaints, problems with GSI or the grad school is Pradeep Ghosch, elected PhD representative at HGS HIRe.
On top of that there exists a mailing list of PhD students interested that things go well at GSI. We try to pick up on issues before they become too pressing and do something about it. Additionally we organize regular PhD student meeting.
You may always drop us a message if you have questions related to GSI PhD issues. Florian Senzel, !PhD representative of HGS-HIRe is also among the recipients.
The current (April 2013) members of this mailing list are:
Name Department University PhD candidate since Mail Address
Pradeep Ghosh CBM Uni Frankfurt 2012
Andreas Maier Biophysics TU Darmstadt 2011
Anna Constantinescu Biophysics (Post Doc) 2010
Sofija Antic Theory TU Darmstadt 2013
Lars Bozyk Primary Beams (Post Doc) 2010
Matthias Holl Nuclear Reactions TU Darmstadt 2011
Paul Görgen PBBP TU Darmstadt 2011
Jiaoni Bai Control Systems Uni Frankfurt 2013
Cathrina Ullmann Ion Sources Uni Frankfurt 2013
Ivan Karpov PBBP TU Darmstadt 2013
Cesar Lizarazo Gamma Spectroscopy TU Darmstadt 2013
Sabine Luft Biophysics TU Darmstadt 2011
Shahab Sanjari EMMI (Post Doc) 2010
Be informed, that Helmholtz-Juniors are NOT elected by the PhD students, we just work voluntarily together to make sure things go well for PhD students at GSI.
Feel free to join us! If you want to reach ALLof the GSI PhD students, send a message to

Helmholtz Juniors at GSI
Find out about the past of Helmholtz Juniors at the GSI $ Helmholtz Juniors:: Find out about the group of student representatives in the Helmholtz Association
* Situation of PhD students*
Some collected information from the survey group of the Helmholtz Juniors
* Young Scientists*
Issues concerning young scientists inside the Helmholtz Association

About this Wiki

The topics here are accessible for all people. However, to become an editor you have to have an account at the GSI wiki and you have to be a member of the user group " PhdStudentsGroup". Contact somebody who is already a member of that group to make you a member of it, too.

Maybe you ask yourself: Why should I be an editor? Well, the answer is another question: Why not? If you have some news or comments to the topics published here, put them here, too! This is the main objective of the wiki culture. Formating tips can be found on this external page.

If you have a specific question concerning the work of PhD students at GSI or any topic which is not covered here, please contact the PhD representatives at GSI via or contact them directly. Questions as well as contributors are always welcome!

How to stay up to date

note.gif If you want to get informed about changes in this Wiki you have several options:
    • look at the bottom of this page ("Whats new");
    • see the list of recent changes;
    • subscribe to email notifications about recent changes;
    • rss-feed.gif import this link into your RSS feed reader software.

-- PradeepGhosh - 20 Oct 2015

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