We regularly offer PhD positions in algorithms, combinatorial optimization, complexity theory, algorithmic game theory, operations research, or quantum-inspired algorithms. See below for job descriptions of currently offered positions, and links to the official application form.


For the Institute of Algorithms and Complexity at the Hamburg University of Technology for the earliest possible date, we are looking for a doctoral researcher (m/f/d) / wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (m/w/d) full time and for a maximum of years. The remuneration is in accordance with 13 TV-L.

No.:  8124WE11

At the heart of TU Hamburg’s research, teaching and transfer of technology is the guiding principle of developing technology for people. The TU Hamburg sees itself in this context as a family-friendly and sustainable university with high performance and quality standards that strives for excellence in all its research fields. Interdisciplinarity, innovation, regionality and internationality are binding principles in our actions.

With currently around 7,500 students, 110 professors and 1,600 employees, the TU Hamburg is characterised by short decision-making processes and close cooperation between the board, the institutes, the deans of studies, the research areas and the administration. We identify ourselves with a modern leadership culture and cultivate appreciative interaction.


  • research on algorithm design, analysis and engineering for combinatorial optimization problems
  • publishing research results at relevant computer science / mathematics conferences and their presentation, and publications in high-impact journals
  • modeling of real-life optimization problems and their solution in collaboration with academic and industrial partners
  • commitment to learning and knowledge sharing tasks at the Institute for Algorithms and Complexity
  • assistance with teaching duties


  • university degree completed in computer science, (applied) mathematics, operations research or related field, with a focus on algorithms, optimization, discrete mathematics or theoretical computer science.
  • Interest in algorithm design, algorithm engineering, and/or complexity theory.
  • Background in algorithmic techniques, like distributed and parallel computing, approximation algorithms, parameterized algorithms, or integer programming.
  • very good communication skills in English for publications and project meetings.


  • Obtain your PhD at the renowned Hamburg University of Technology
  • Become a member of the Institute for Algorithms and Complexity, and benefit from excellent supervision and interdisciplinary exchange.
  • Contribute to a future by designing efficient and reliable algorithms for the age of quantum computing.
  • Integrate into an excellent research network with national and international opportunities for • collaboration.
  • Work in a motivated and interdisciplinary team, and develop your soft skills.
  • We provide a family-friendly working environment on a modern university campus with easy access to sports facilities.


For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Matthias Mnich, Head of the Institute for Algorithms and Complexity, by e-mail at algo@tuhh.de


We particularly encourage women to apply. Due to their underrepresentation, they will be given priority incases of equal suitability, qualifications and professional performance.


Please send your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae in table form, proof ofcompleted training and/or university degree, job references or certificates of employment) via the online application system.

We look forward to receiving your online application by 09.04.2024.

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Notice for graduates of foreign educational qualifications:

Please submit proof of all obtained university degrees and, if available, the recognition of your educational qualifications in Germany (e.g. anabin excerpts and/or acknowledgement of previous employers).