Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - SALSA School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof



The School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof, SALSA, is a Graduate School at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It was established in 2012 in the framework of the German Excellence Inititative.

Analytical Sciences are at the core of many of today's fundamental and applied scientific problems and innovations. New insights into atomic and molecular processes in chemistry, soft matter physics, materials, and the life sciences have always been accompanied by new analytical methods and instruments.

In SALSA, analytical problem solving is taught and learned using an integrative and multidisciplinary approach in the doctoral research and the curriculum. As a doctoral student, you will be involved in these teaching and other activities of SALSA on Humboldt-Universität‘s modern science campus Adlershof.

SALSA develops its multidisciplinary research approach through three interconnected pairs of guiding themes, which encompass today's fundamental analytical questions: Limits & Scales, Sensitivity & Selectivity, and Make & Measure.




The classical analytical term limits centers on the extreme frontiers of analytical observation, while the scales theme connects our different levels of understanding. Significant improvements regarding sensitivity and selectivity are the natural driving force of Analytical Sciences. Make & Measure not only renounces analytical problem solving solely through instruments but embraces rational design of molecules and structures.



Why should you apply for a SALSA-project?


  1. You will be a member of a structured, international doctoral program that offers great opportunities in research, education and training in a dedicated Analytical Science community with partner institutions in Berlin, Potsdam and Zurich.
  2. You will be supported by two supervisors of the SALSA faculty, in most cases from two different research fields, during your doctoral project and will be integrated into both of their groups.
  3. You will regularly meet leading international researchers via SALSA in scientific meetings, during our Summer University or our lecture series.
  4. You will receive substantial financial assistance via SALSA to attend national and international conferences.
  5. You will attend a series of tailor-made courses on subjects relevant for interdisciplinary analytical research, and you will have access to specialized scientific courses, lab trainings, cooperation projects with industry partners as well as career development coachings.
  6. There are no tuition fees associated with the SALSA program and you will receive substantial financial support throughout your fellowship.