PhD opportunity as external doctoral candidate (m/f/d): blockchain technology, crypto assets, DeFi

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  • Above-average degree in computer science, business information systems, economics, or a related field (e.g., data science, data analytics).
  • Knowledge of decentralized protocols, smart contracts, and transaction mapping and identification of transaction parameters on blockchain systems, where applicable.
  • Knowledge and experience in identifying, integrating, analyzing diverse and large-scale data sources
  • Knowledge and experience in building and using complex databases
  • Knowledge and experience in quantitative research and statistical data analysis using R and/or Python, knowledge of machine learning desired
  • Very high general enthusiasm for technology and data
  • High interest in research and high motivation to write scientific articles for publication in international journals
  • Very high commitment and willingness to learn
  • Strong analytical skills
  • The ability to work independently and on one’s own responsibility in an interdisciplinary team
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Applications from management consultants for promotion in Leave are welcome

We offer

  • Research in an interdisciplinary, motivated and successful research team in the fields of computer science and economics
  • Close involvement in quantitative-empirical research and intensive supervision
  • Participation in international research conferences and, if suitable, stays abroad possible
  • Cooperation with renowned scientists in Germany and abroad as well as with well-known companies
  • A broad spectrum of research areas in the fields of strategy, blockchain, innovation and digitalization
  • Workplace in a central location in Munich
  • Possibility of part-time employment (25–50%) upon agreement, if applicable.
  • The TU Munich aims to increase the proportion of women, qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply
  • With appropriate commitment and dedication, to complete a doctorate, e.g. in the period of leave from a management consultancy, within ~2 years



  • Blockchain knowledge: We wrote a Medium article on how to acquire the necessary blockchain knowledge within a workload of 10 working days.
  • Our two blockchain books: We have edited two books on how blockchain will change our society (Amazon link) in general and everything related to finance (Amazon link) in particular. Both books are available in print and for Kindle — currently in German and soon in English. The authors have been more than 20 well-known blockchain experts in startups, corporations and the government from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein — all contributing their expertise to these two books.
Our two books: the first one on blockchain and the society and the second one on blockchain and finance




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Philipp Sandner

Philipp Sandner


Professor | Lecturer | Author | Investor | Frankfurt School Blockchain Center