The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biogeochemistry in association with the Friedrich Schiller University (IMPRS-gBGC) is offering a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences.

Research areas:
  • 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

Duration: 3 years, fulltime position

Starting date: flexible

Value: PhD researchers with a Master’s or Diploma degree receive either a scholarship which is free of tax and social insurance or a support contract.


  • Applications are invited from well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries.
  • Applicants must hold (or are about to receive) M.Sc. or equivalent degree in natural sciences.
  • Applicants must possess proficiency in English since English is the official language of the program.

How to apply:

Overview of open PhD projects
  1. Investigation of nitrogen fixation by means of Raman gas spectroscopy
  2. Cavity enhanced Raman spectroscopy for highly sensitive monitoring of biogenic gases
  3. Land-management for ecosystem resilience
  4. Data science approaches to the classification of ecosystem disturbances from satellite remote sensing
  5. Inter-annual variability in terrestrial ecosystem fluxes
  6. Next-generation eocsystem models to simulate acclimation of plant nutrient-use strategies to global change
  7. Integrating bottom-up and top-down methods to estimate the variability of the Siberian carbon balance
  8. Carbon/Water/Nutrient Interaction – From Individuals to Ecosystems
  9. Truffle production: an affair of three?
  10. Plant traits and chemical diversity of tropical tree species in the central Amazon forests
  11. Multiscale modeling of carbon dynamics in the Earth system
  12. Tree defense in a changing world
  13. Biodiversity impacts on the resistance of soil carbon dynamics to climate extremes
  14. What can new organic markers reveal about the seasonal metabolism of the tropical critical zone?
  15. Reconstruction of subsurface flow networks in the critical zone using natural organic tracers
  16. Incorporation of oxygen measurements in soil studies
  17. Aluminium release and secondary hydroxide (trans-) from primary silicates in acidic soils
  18. Optimization of artefact-minimized sampling techniques and devices for monitoring of aeration zone fluids, percolates and mobile inventory
  19. Understanding dissolved organic matter (DOM) by destroying it: Combining metabolomics and bioinformatics to overcome the chimeric nature of DOM
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biogeochemistry
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country Germany
Subject areas Microbiology & Ecology, Earth Sciences and Climate Research, Natural Sciences
Fellowship amount Fully-funded
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 06 September 2020


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