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In cooperation with Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) 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 International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth system sciences.

The IMPRS-gBGC offers fully-funded PhD positions to outstanding students who wish to study the components essential to life and climate from the atomic to global scales. At the intersections of biosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, land, and ocean, research at the school focuses on how biogeochemical cycles function, how they are interconnected, and how they can be influenced by climate change or human activity.

Over 100 scientists and PhDs explore the different facets of biogeochemical processes using diverse methods such as field observations, advanced laboratory methods, manipulative experiments, data mining and numerical modeling. Taking advantage of this diverse assortment of specialties, we hope to improve our ability to gauge future developments of Earth systems.

Doctoral researchers are offered access to an array of workshops and courses in order to develop a broad understanding of Earth system science. Young scientists benefit from a three-month international research visit at a top institution, as well as courses aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary knowledge (e.g. statistics, remote sensing, modeling, and analytical techniques). In addition to scientific skills, the research program offers a breadth of transferable skills (e.g. presentation skills, scientific writing, project management) to ensure both a successful PhD and career. Learn more …

Research Opportunities

Discover our research opportunities, where innovation thrives and boundaries are pushed. From cutting-edge labs to collaborative projects, our environment fosters creativity for groundbreaking research.


We foster interdisciplinary environments, allowing you to interact with experts from diverse fields. This exposure can enrich your research perspective and lead to creative problem-solving.

Networking and Collaboration

We provide you with access to a global network of researchers, scientists, and professionals. This network can lead to meaningful collaborations, joint projects, and opportunities to exchange ideas.

Skill Enhancement

We offer various training programs, workshops, and seminars that can help you enhance your technical and professional skills. These resources contribute to your growth as a well-rounded researcher.

Resource Availability

We provide access to state-of-the-art facilities, tools, and resources necessary for conducting high-quality research. This ensures that you have the support you need to excel in your work.

Visibility and Recognition

We open doors to engaging in cutting-edge research projects and collaborations. These institutions are known for their commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation.

International Exposure

We have a strong international presence, allowing you to engage with researchers from around the world. This exposure can broaden your horizons and help you stay informed about global advancements in your field.

Mentorship and Guidance

We often provide mentorship programs, offering you valuable guidance from experienced researchers. Mentorship can be instrumental in shaping your research direction and career path.

Impactful Research

You'll have the opportunity to work on research that addresses real-world challenges and makes a positive impact on society.

Personal and Professional Growth

Joining us can lead to significant personal and professional growth. The experience, knowledge, and connections gained can contribute to your long-term success in the field of research.


Dr. Conrad H. PHILIPP
European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS)
ELLIS Unit Jena | Project Coordinator