Fellowships on biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system

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The IMPRS-gBGC located in Jena, Germany, offers fellowships 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 threemonth 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. Projects currently open for application


• The carbon cycle of northern Eurasia studied at the Zotino Tall Tower Observatory, central Siberia

Biosphere & Ecosystems

• Data-driven modeling of global carbon and water cycles

• Verifying, improving and extending EO-LDAS radiative-transfer modelling constraints for the application of the Sentinel-1 and -2 RADAR and optical sensors

• Isotopes as tracers of the terrestrial carbon cycle

• Data-based models to understand biogeochemical cycles: Accounting for temporal autocorrelation

Soils, soil microbiology & soil hydrology

• Meadow ants as physical ecosystem engineers and switches for biogeochemical heterogeneity

• Role of geogenic CO2-exhausts for the formation and stability of soil organic matter


• Transfer of environmental and climatic signals into volcanically influenced lake sediments

• Timing of long-term carbonate mobilisation in a limestone aquifer, subproject “Hydrogeochemistry” Requirements

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. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

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. How to apply Application deadline for these fully funded PhD positions is August 05, 2012. Top candidates will be invited to take part in our selection symposium (Oct. 10-12, 2012)

Find out more and apply online: www.imprs-gbgc.de

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