PhD Position: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Max Planck Research School

The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) in Jena, Germany, offers contracts to outstanding students interested in research on biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system. The school provides excellent research possibilities for students to obtain a PhD degree in a 3-years graduate program.

The Research School: Successful applicants will be part of the International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Research at the school focuses on the distribution of elements essential to life and the climate among the components of the Earth system and the interaction between biosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, land and oceans. Besides doing research for their PhD project, PhD candidates also benefit from a three-month external research visit, specialised courses in e.g. statistics, Earth observation, modelling and analytical techniques, as well as in soft skills. The school is thus an excellent starting platform for a successful career in a field related to global biogeochemical cycles and Earth System Science.

Open PhD projects related to

  • Atmosphere & Ocean
  • Biosphere & Ecosystem
  • Soil & Below Ground
  • Paleoclimate

See the detailed job description of all projects on our webpage.

Your profile: We welcome applications from well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. Applicants hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science, German ‘Diplom’ or equivalent degree in natural sciences. Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program.

Our offer: The IMPRS-gBGC office will happily assist you with your transition to Jena. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and those of the German civil service. The gross monthly income amounts about 2000 Euros, which should cover all your expenses in Germany.

Your application: 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. Furthermore, the Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of indi- viduals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Application deadline for these fully funded PhD positions is September 29, 2015. Top candidates will be invited to take part in our selection symposium (December 1-2, 2015). Find out more and apply online via our website.

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