livMatS Master Lab Program

The livMatS Master Lab Program

Do you want to be part of cutting-edge research topics? Is your learning driven by curiosity? Are you keen on interdisciplinary science? Then the livMatS Master Lab may be just the thing for you. This research-oriented, extra-curricular program aims to foster and broaden the research interests of motivated students in livMatS-related study programs.

Open young researcher challenges

The following research challenges are posed as recorded mini-lectures (10-20 minutes):

  • Real-time Ethics: Perspectives for livMatS and the Anthropocene?
  • Can we direct the spontaneous formation of peptide oligomers?
  • Assembling mechanical metamaterials like jigsaw puzzles
  • How can plastics be recycled with light?
  • Can sound waves affect fuel-driven chemical reactions?
  • Writing information into molecules with light

To access the challenges, go to ILIAS course page. Once there, go to the lecture series folder Young researcher challenges SoSe 2021 and view the posted challenges.

Application and Selection criteria

If you are interested in working on a challenge in the Master Lab Program in winter term 2021/22, send an updated CV, a two-page letter of intent, and your Bachelor’s transcript of records as one PDF to The letter of intent should briefly outline your current academic studies, initial idea(s) to tackle one research challenge and your motivations for applying to the Master Lab program. Submission deadline is 15 July!

livMatS principal investigators view applications and select students based on the following criteria:

  • demonstrated understanding of the challenge
  • the quality/novelty of the initial idea(s) to explore the research challenge
  • previous academic studies/knowledge
  • clarity in writing

Master Lab Program

Selected students work on the research challenge autonomously under scientific guidance and take part in the Master Lab program (see requirements and electives below). In order to support this autonomous research, each Master lab student is awarded a young researcher stipend to fund part-time student contracts (HiWi) and research consumables. In consultation with principal investigator, contracts can begin in September/October and last until March.

Program requirements

  • Kick-off workshop on livMatS research program (beginning of winter term)
  • 2-3 block sessions on scientific writing and presenting (during winter semester)
  • Master Lab colloquium - students present progress and submit a research poster and brief write-up (mid-late March)

Program Electives

  • Attend select livMatS early career researcher events to network and exchange ideas
  • Attend select livMatS colloquium talks
  • Attend interdisciplinary research skills course offered by the Abteilung Lehrentwicklung

Meta-learning objectives

Students who complete the Master Lab program will be able to:

  • Develop and refine research ideas into concrete research aims
  • Explain key principles of livMatS research program
  • Communicate their research for interdisciplinary settings

Program Certificate

Master Lab students who complete the program - simultaneous to working towards their respective Master’s degree - will receive a certificate attesting to the program’s achieved objectives, which serves as an additional qualification for students’ future career aspirations.


For questions about the program or application procedure, send an email to Gregg Dubow (graduate coordinator).