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PhD Programme-International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling, Germany


The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the University of Hamburg (UHH) jointly run the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM) to promote high-quality doctoral research into the Earth’s climate system.  The School conducts research in four primary research areas: atmosphere, land, ocean, and the human dimension. As part of their research, doctoral candidates may build and apply Earth system models that range in complexity and scale. The IMPRS-ESM offers doctoral candidates prime research facilities, advanced academic training in the Earth system sciences, and a structured supervision programme. Candidates enjoy ample opportunities to participate in national and international conferences and publish their scientific results in high-impact scientific journals.


The annual highly competitive IMPRS-ESM selection process favours applicants with strong academic backgrounds and suitable research interests. Successful candidates will graduate with a doctoral degree from the University of Hamburg (Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. rer. pol.) and a certificate from the IMPRS-ESM. IMPRS-ESM alumni have taken up successful careers in both research and business sectors.

Outstanding young scientists with strong interest in climate research, especially in the study and the modeling of the Earth system are encouraged to apply.

Our annual Call is aiming at students holding a Master’s degree (with written thesis) in physics, geophysical sciences (incl. meteorology and oceanography), chemistry, ecology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, or political science. Also students currently working on their MSc thesis are encouraged to apply.

Doctoral positions are available starting March 2016. Individual starting agreements will be made with successful candidates. For each position funding of approximately EUR 1,500 monthly net payment (duration up to 3 years) is available through a doctoral contract. This amount is sufficient to cover all basic living expenses.

Online application is possible from 1 July - 15 September 2015.

The selection procedure includes an interview of short-listed candidates.

Interviews occur on 26 + 27 November 2015. Results will be communicated the following week.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified a fews week before-hand.

Application procedure

Interested students should download the ‘Initiates file downloadapplication guidelines’ and carefully follow the provided instructions. Be aware that we only and exclusively accept applications that follow the prescribed application scheme (online registration, submission of all requested documents and arranging for reference letters using the prescribed reference forms).

Applicants are expected to inform the School with which potential supervisor they would like to work.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 September 2015

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