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Open PhD positions on Biogeochemical Cycles in Jena, Germany

#1 von Anna , 06.01.2015 09:04

International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles

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 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
Soil like …
* Micropores: from microscale processes to macroscale ore deposits
* Effect of plant diversity on microbial carbon storage
* Role of biopores for fluid flow and matter transport (…)
* Aluminium hydroxide (trans-)formation from primary silicates in acidic soils
Biosphere & Ecosystem like …
* Spectrally highly resolved Raman gas sensing for online monitoring of isotopic tracer experiments
* Carbon sources of microbial communities in pristine aquifers (…)
* Integration of multiple C cycle observations into the land surface model
* Dimensions in trait variability on different spatial scales (…)
* Putting savanna vegetation dynamics in topo-edaphic context
More positions will be announced shortly on the IMPRS-gBGC 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.
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. There Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

How to apply
Application deadline for these fully funded PhD positions is February 19, 2015. Top candidates will be invited to take part in our selection symposium (April 21-22, 2015).
>> Find out more and apply online:

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