Tuesday, November 27, 2007

PhD Positions at The Earth System Sciences Research School (ESSRES), Germany

The Earth System Sciences Research School (ESSRES), funded by the German Helmholtz Association, offers 12 PhD-positions for outstanding young scientists in the topical field of earth system science.

The Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven, the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen, and the Jacobs University Bremen, provide a unique research environment in Germany, bridging the gap between traditional disciplines. The ESSRES combines observations, modelling, and data analysis in order to understand and decipher the complex earth’s climate system and their interaction with the biosphere.

Areas of study include:
* Biogeoscience (e.g., carbon cycle, ecosystem analysis)
* Climate dynamics (e.g., earth system modelling)
* Geoinformatics (e.g., data management, GIS application)
* Geology (e.g., sediment cores)
* Geophysics (e.g., structure of marine sediments, palaeo bathymetry)
* Glaciology (e.g., ice core analysis)
* Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere (e.g., trace gases, aerosols, clouds)

Accompanying courses in earth system science contain a great deal of necessary technical and specialised areas: specialists from the institutes as well as national and international collaboration partners will give lectures about fundamental concepts of the related research fields, and provide knowledge through expert courses on special themes. Students of the ESSRES will be given the opportunity to attend conferences and summer schools, excursions, as well as visits at international partner institutes. Furthermore, the PhD programme includes compulsory courses on presentation techniques, communication and scientific management.

The Helmholtz Research School on Earth System Science (ESSRES) invites suitable candidates to apply for a PhD position in our International PhD Programme which is going to start on 1st June, 2008.

Applicants with a Masters degree or a Diploma (or equivalent) in Biology, Biogeochemistry, Physics, Geosciences, Geology, Informatics, Mathematics, or related fields will be considered.

Applicants are currently enrolled in a degree leading to a Master’s or equivalent must have been awarded their degree prior to the start of the courses in October 2008.

The online application will accept submissions for the first round from 15 November, 2007, with deadline 31st January, 2008. Successful candidates are notified in spring 2008. The duration of the PhD stipend is 3 years. Students have the opportunity to obtain their PhD degree at the University of Bremen or Jacobs University.

Application Details and Admission Requirements can be found at: http://www.earth-system-science.org

Dr. Klaus Grosfeld - ESSRES Coordinator -
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Bussestrasse 24
D - 27570 Bremerhaven

phone: +49 (0)471 4831 1765
email: info[at]earth-system-science.de

Deadline: 31st January, 2008