Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena. PhD students (f/m)

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 International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences.

The overall research and teaching of the IMPRS 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

Open PhD projects are related to …

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

See the detailed job description of all projects on the IMPRS website.


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.

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. Furthermore, 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.

Our offer

After you have been selected, 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 EUR, which will cover all your expenses in Germany.

Your application

Application deadline for these fully funded PhD positions is March 15, 2017. Top candidates will be invited to take part in our recruitment symposium (May 9-10, 2017).

Find out more and apply online: Coordinator: Steffi Rothhardt ().

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Hans-Knöll-Str. 10
07745 Jena
phone +49 3641 576260

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