Call for applications - Ph.D. Positions at the International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen

The Solar System School invites applications for PhD positions in Solar System Science. Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2019.

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen (“Solar System School“) offers a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen.

Research at the MPS covers three main areas:

Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD program in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as postdoc wrap-up funding.

The language of the structured graduate program is English, with complimentary German language courses offered (optional). The program includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides relocation costs and travel funds to attend international conferences.

Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Masters thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.

Review of applications for a starting date of September 2020 will begin on 1 November 2019, but other starting times are also negotiable. The positions are awarded on a competitive basis.

Application Timeline

2019 May 1 Online registration 2019 opens
2019 Oct 1 Application submission opens
2019 Nov 1 Application deadline
2019 Nov 10 Recommendation letters due
2020 Jan 27-31 Interview week in Göttingen
2020 Sep Start of new academic year

Further Information

Please find the detailed call for applications here.

To apply, please register then login at the Online application portal.

For further information, please browse the answers to Frequently Asked Questions and direct any further inquiries to the IMPRS scientific coordinator, Dr. Sonja Schuh, at