Call for Applications: PhD Projects at the International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC)

In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences.

The overall research and teaching focuses on:

‣ Improved understanding of biogeochemical processes with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems
‣ Development of observational techniques to monitor and assess biogeochemical feedbacks in the earth system
‣ Theory and model development for improving the representation of biogeochemical processes in comprehensive earth system models


Applications from well-motivated and highly-qualified
students from all countries are welcome. Applicants hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science or equivalent degree in natural sciences. Proficiency in English is required since English is the
official language of the program. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

After you have been selected

A full-time contract for 3 years or scholarships for 4 years is offered. The starting date is flexible. PhD researchers with a Master’s or Diploma degree receive either a scholarship which is free of tax and social insurance or a support contract.

Further Information

Download: PhD Projects: International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) [pdf, 4.61 MB]

How to apply:
Application deadline for the fully funded PhD positions is 27 August, 2019. Pre-interviews via web conference will be carried out and promising candidates will be invited to take part in the recruitment symposium (22-23 October, 2019).

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