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PhD positions in Biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences

PhD positions in Biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences


International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles

In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The IMPRS-gBGC offers a PhD program specializing 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


Jena, Germany


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Biogeosciences (BG)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
9 January 2023

21 November 2022

Job description

The following PhD projects are offered during the 26th call for applications. Online application for up to three PhD projects will be possible from 19 November – 9 January. Our third-party funded projects are highlighted with *.

  • Complex biogeochemical and biophysical properties of tree-grass coexistence at a Mediterranean savanna ecosystem more info
  • Compound climate extremes and forest disturbances *
  • Transformers with knowledge integration for Earth system forecasting
  • Does climate change accelerate the terrestrial water cycle?
  • Linking phenology patterns with plant functional traits on a global scale to predict variations in ecosystem functioning more info
  • Process understanding of dryland vegetation dynamics in a changing world *
  • Truffle production: an affair of three?
  • Importance of microbial necromass formation and persistence for soil carbon storage along management intensification gradients in forests and grasslands *
  • Fungal impact on soil in climate change related processes
  • Developing a global soil moisture dataset
  • Understanding carbon pooling in the stratified boundary layer of the Arctic atmosphere

Find out more on our webpage


We welcome applications from well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries. Applicants hold (or are about to receive) a Master of Science or equivalent degree in natural sciences. Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. 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.

After you have been selected

We offer scholarships for 4 years and full-time contracts for 3 years within an international and multidisciplinary working environment. The starting date is flexible.

How to apply

Fill in the application form on this website and submit all your regular application documents as PDF (within the online application process) until January 9, 2023. After you have completed the online registration form, you will receive the link to a website on which you can upload your application documents.

Pre-interviews via web conference will be carried out and promising candidates will be invited to take part in our selection symposium (13-15 March, 2023).

Find out more and apply online

on our webpage