The Department of Mathematics offers a broad spectrum of research areas for doctoral students ranging from pure mathematics, such as algebra, analysis, geometry, number theory or probability, to more applied mathematics, such as insurance mathematics, finance, mathematical physics, numerical analysis, operations research and statistics (Research).
Owing to its excellent international reputation, the Department of Mathematics provides the best possible start for a career in academic or industrial research. A doctoral degree generally takes from three to five years to complete.
The benefits are:
- internationally highly respected professors
- research funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
- offices in the ETH Zurich Main Building
- access to of the Mathematics Library and the ETH Library, including online access to practically all recent publications
- conferences organized by the Forschungsinstitut für Mathematik to support the scientific exchange of ideas
Passing on knowledge to future mathematicians, other scientists and engineers is a key part of doing doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich.
The teaching workload depends on the doctoral student's salary level.
The teaching workload generally comprises:
- teaching exercise classes
- organizing exercises for a lecture
- assisting in student seminars
- interacting with the lecturer and/or teaching assistants (undergraduate students)
- providing assistance for lectures ranging from basic mathematics for biologists to advanced lectures for mathematicians
- coordinating and correcting exams
Courses and seminars:
- There is a wide variety of high-level lectures, minicourses and student seminars (see ETH Zurich Course Catalogue or Graduate Courses offered by the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics)
- Reseach seminars organized by professors and research groups where experts from different mathematical fields give talks and exchange their knowledge
- The Institute for Mathematical Research - FIM and the Institute for Theoretical Studies invite academic guests for scientific exchange
- Mathematics Library holds 20000 classical and recent books from all areas of mathematics
There is always a life outside work and studies, and Zurich is the best place to live it.
- largest city in Switzerland with a top ranking for quality of life
- charming medieval old town very close to the ETH Zurich Main Building and the Department of Mathematics
- fantastic for water activities, winter sports or hiking because of the lake and the Alps within close proximity
- variety of cultural events and night life, very cosmopolitan
The Graduate School and the ETH Zurich provide:
- language courses and social events such as barbecues and cheese fondues organized by the Zurich Graduate School of Mathematics
- a huge variety of student associations you can join (see Verband der Studierenden an der ETH (VSETH) (German))
- sports facilities and activities offered by the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ)