International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles

The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) in cooperation with the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena offers a PhD program in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences.

The overall research and teaching 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
Motivation and Scientific Scope
Breadth will be fostered among PhD candidates through a common curriculum that emphasizes four general themes:

  • Integrated understanding through “core” lecture courses on the basics of the field of global biogeochemical cycles: Doctoral candidates of various disciplines will learn the common “biogeochemical language” that bridges their background with other disciplines and a selection of courses that emphasize skills commonly needed in earth system science research, such as data analysis, isotope methods, geographic methods and numerical modeling.
  • Conducting individual research through development of a thesis project with a committee of IMPRS members and selected outside researchers: PhD candidates will develop their research topic together with the IMPRS Faculty Members.
  • Personal skills courses and strong mentoring program: Writing publications, presenting results and managing groups are key skills for internationally visible top scientists. Regular presentation of results at conferences and to external mentors will improve the training and mentoring.
  • Training in collaborative research through short-term research visits at foreign top research groups: Exchange visits at top institutions and additional training at other IMPRS or universities give the opportunity to specialize and further qualify in a field of interest. This will give unique contacts to top experts in the field and increase visibility of their research projects.
This science and education package will deliver after three years excellent young researchers, competitive for the outstanding research institutions and prestigious grants in biogeochemical science.

Dr. Steffi Rothhardt
Coordinator of the International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Max Planck Instititute for Biogeochemistry
Hans-Knöll-Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
phone: +49 3641 576260