International Max Planck Research School Fully-Funded PhD Programs 2017, Germany

Publish Date: Feb 02, 2017

Deadline: Mar 15, 2017

About the program

The International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) promotes doctoral researchers. Talented foreign and German junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions. A shared characteristics of the graduate programmes at Max Planck Institutes is a close colloboration with universities. The IMPRS-gBGC in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers a PhD program in global biogeochemistry and related earth system sciences. 

On the following webpages we provide detailed information about the

Overview of open PhD projects 

The following PhD projects are offered during the 14th call for applications. Online application will be possible from January 25, 2017 through March 15, 2017 

Atmosphere & Ocean

Greenhouse gas budgets at the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) 

Data-driven upscaling of permafrost carbon fluxes

Biosphere & Ecosystems

Ecohydrology from space

Investigating land-atmosphere interactions in space and time as complex networks 

Cavity enhanced Raman spectroscopy for highly sensitive monitoring of biogenic gases

Respiration and carbon refixation in Mediterranean and temperate trees

Controls on global vegetation distribution and dynamics 

Machine learning for 3D point cloud analysis  

Deep learning for identifying dynamic memory and spatial context effects in Earth observations

Novel approaches to spatio-temporal trend detection in environmental data 

Ecological process understanding across time-scales 

Soils & Below Ground

From microscale processes to macroscale ore deposits 

Quantification of biotic and abiotic impacts on soil carbon dynamics 

Surface-to-atmosphere emissions: Formation and fate of volatiles from microbial soil communities 

Storage and stabilization of manure-derived organic C in grasslands soils: mineral-organic associations and aggregates and soil structure 

Radiocarbon as a constraint for the soil carbon cycle


Unraveling climate dynamics in the winter rainfall zone of South Africa using sedimentary archives 

Micropalaeontological and shell chemistry investigations on Late Quaternary water balance changes in South Africa

How to apply for an IMPRS-gBGC PhD position

If you are already funded as a doctoral researcher at the FSU Jena or the MPI for Biogeochemistry, you can be admitted to the IMPRS-gBGC as an associated member. Contact the program coordinator for more information on this.

We call for applications twice per year. The next call will start soon (late January 2017).

1) Check if ...

... the IMPRS-gBGC is the right choice for you

Otherwise, you might want to have a look at other International Max Planck Research Schools or in general at international PhD programs in Germany.

... you fulfill the requirements

Applications for the program are open to well-motivated and highly-qualified candidates from all countries. A prerequisite is a diploma or master of science degree in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, computer sciences or related fields, including a corresponding thesis. Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program.

Requirements for the individual PhD projects can be derived from the project descriptions. 

2) Apply online 

Fill in the application form (Find it i "Further official information" below this announcement)and submit all your regular application documents as PDF (within the online application process) before the application deadline

After you have completed the online registration form, you will receive the link to a website on which you can upload your application documents. Your application package is considered complete once we receive the following documents:

  • The online application form below
  • Letter of motivation and research interests (in English).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Resume.
  • Documents relating to your Master's degree (or national equivalent that requires a corresponding thesis): title and abstract of your thesis, copy of your MSc certificate, copy of MSc transcript (list of courses/lectures you took, including marks).
  • If applicable: documents relating to your Bachelor's degree (redundant with 'Diplom'): copy of BSc certificate, copy of BSc transcript (list of courses/lectures you took).
  • Proof of English skills, if possible.
  • Any additional documents which you consider important for your application (e.g. publications, job references, certificates of workshops etc.) can be included in your CV-PDF.
  • Two reference letters (from e.g. former advisers) sent to us directly via email from the official work account of your chosen referees (must reach us one week after the application deadline). 

Application documents that are neither in English nor German must be translated into one of these two languages. During the application, unofficial translations serve well. Upon admission and to register as a doctoral researcher at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, officially certified translations are required.

3) Wait for a notification

  • The project PIs, the IMPRS steering committee and the IMPRS coordinator select the promising candidates 
  • You will be notified about the outcome of this pre-selection about a month after the application deadline
  • Promising applicants will be interviewed via phone or video conference
  • Top candidates will then receive an invitation to take part in the recruitment event that takes place in Jena 
  • If you need a visa to travel to Germany, please be prepared to apply for one once you receive our invitation to participate in the recruitment event. Make sure you have a valid passport.

4) Attend the recruitment symposium

During the event,

  • The IMPRS-gBGC and involved research groups will be introduced
  • You will be asked to give a short talk on your previous research experience and your research interests
    • 5 min talk (with slides) + short discussion
    • in English
  • You will be interviewed by members of the IMPRS faculty
  • You will have a chance to talk to the people and see the facilities you might work with and get to know Jena.

You will be informed about the final decision 2 weeks after the event.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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