PhD thesis projects offered

All partner institutes in the Solar System School (Institute for Astrophysics, Institute for Geophysics, and Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research) may offer and support PhD projects in the Solar System School. The PhD topics are as diverse as the research fields of the participating partner institutions. The topics include all areas of our own Solar system (the Sun and its planets and minor bodies), embedded in the wider geo- and astrophysical context, and extend to other stars and their planetary systems. Correspondingly, the following disciplines in geo- and astrophysics are represented in the Solar System School: Earth and planetary sciences, Solar and stellar physics, helioseismology, asteroseismology, and to some extent extra-solar planets. Since the methods of research comprise instrumentation development, calibration and improvement , ground- and space-based observations, remote-sensing or in-situ measurements in space exploration missions, data analysis and interpretation, numerical simulations and theoretical modeling, some projects may additionally require good skills in programming, in mathematics, or in engineering.

The following list gives an overview of the variety of research topics, but is not necessarily complete. Further projects may yet become available: This list still is updated from time to time. Please check the list again before submitting your application. Applications may be submitted between 1 October and 1 November.

Open PhD Projects

In the "Solar and Stellar Interiors" department, Laurent Gizon, Tom Duvall, Jesper Schou, Aaron Birch, Robert Cameron, Friedrich Kupka and others offer PhD projects in solar physics and astrophysics. Helioseismology and asteroseismology are used as important tools to study the oscillating Sun and stars. more

The planet-hunting and asteroseismology space mission PLATO will search for habitable planets and precisely determine the radii, masses, and ages of many thousands of planetary systems. more

Time-distance helioseismology versus ring-diagram helioseismology of subsurface flows in the Sun more

Determining which solar dynamo models are consistent with flows determined from helioseismology more

Using SDO/HMI observations to infer the subsurface meridional flow more

Theoretical/numerical project modeling the spectrum of eigenfunctions of Rossby waves in the Sun more

The magnetic field in the solar atmosphere exceeds the geomagnetic field strength by four orders of magnitude. It greatly influences the processes of energy transport within the solar atmosphere, and dominates the morphology of the solar chromosphere and corona. Kinetic energy from convective motions in the Sun can be efficiently stored in magnetic fields and subsequently released - to heat the solar corona to several million degrees or to blast off coronal mass ejections. more

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