Since 2001, the structured doctoral program provides an interdisciplinary infrastructure to PhD candidates from different parts of the world, such that they can advance their academic training and complete a doctoral thesis within 3 years. The selection of PhD candidates is highly competitive and entirely based on qualification and motivation for doctoral studies in the interdisciplinary Earth system modelling. However, IMPRS-ESM also aims for a balanced composition regarding national and international candidates and with respect to gender.
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.
Recruitment occurs annually. 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.
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