PhD Positions in Solar System Science in Göttingen, Germany / Deadline 15 November 2017

September 7, 2017, from Sonja Schuh

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Solar System School) offers a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen.

Research at the MPS covers three main research areas: ”Sun and Heliosphere”, ”Solar and Stellar Interiors” and ”Planets and Comets”.

The scientific topics in Solar physics/heliophysics range from the Solar interior and subsurface dynamics investigated via global and local helioseismology (Gizon, Duvall, Birch, Schou, Hohage) to observable and measurable phenomena in the atmosphere with its rich structure and dynamics in the photosphere, chromosphere and corona, with the Solar
magnetic field as the main driver for the multitude of dynamic Solar features (Solanki, Lagg, Gandorfer, Peter, Cameron, Woch and others). Connecting Solar and stellar variabilities (Shapiro), and Solar variability and climate (Krivova) are further foci. MPS researchers and engineers develop, construct and launch scientific instruments, analyse and interpret the data and engage in intensive theoretical work to develop an improved understanding of solar dynamo processes, transport and acceleration mechanisms and more.

Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD programme in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Successful applicants are fully funded through a doctoral support contract and are eligible for relocation support.

The language of the structured graduate programme is English, with German language courses offered (optional). The programme includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides travel funds to attend international conferences.

Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Masters thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.

Please see the full call including the list of open PhD projects and apply via the on-line application portal before 15 November 2017. Referees named by the applicant will be contacted by the School and will be asked to submit their letters through the on-line application portal no later than 20 November 2017.

Dr. Sonja Schuh
IMPRS Scientific Coordinator

P.S. Please feel free to forward this call to suitable candidates, and put the call and poster on display for students in your department. The printable pdf versions can be downloaded from the following url addresses