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International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles

The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) in Jena enables highly motivated, well-educated students to obtain a PhD degree in a 3-years graduate program.

The research school is a joint initiative the the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. This partnership between Max Planck Institute and the university is an excellent foundation for research on the continuous exchange of elements key to life such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen among the land, ocean and atmosphere in what are known as global biogeochemical cycles.

Research in the IMPRS discovers how these cycles function, how they are interconnected, and how they can change with climate or human activity. Students can choose research that combines field observations, laboratory methods development, manipulative experiments, and numerical modeling to tackle current questions in global biogeochemistry. Students will also benefit from a three-month external research visit, specialized courses in e.g. statistics, Earth observation, modeling and analytical techniques, as well as in soft skills.
Regular meetings with all three thesis advisors, numerous opportunities to present own results, as well as soft skill courses also serve to support the development of the young scientists.

Applications for the program are open to well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. A prerequisite is a diploma or master of science degree in geosciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, computer sciences or related fields, including a corresponding thesis. All courses are held in English and are tailored to the interdisciplinary background of the students. At the end of the program a written thesis and a successful thesis defense qualify for a doctoral degree at the Friedrich Schiller University.


International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Hans-Knöll-Str. 10
07745 Jena
Forschung & Entwicklung