The Solar System School recruits and supports excellent junior researchers, offering them training towards a PhD degree in astrophysics at an international graduate school in Göttingen's vibrant research environment.
Doctoral candidates joining the Solar System School are offered attractive funding, clear prospects and optimal career conditions. Starting in 2015, IMPRS-funded students receive a three-year doctoral support contract. Students in previous cohorts are either funded through an IMPRS scholarship or a work contract depending on their project details. Additional funds are available for travel to international conferences.
Following their PhD period, graduates are offered postdoc wrap-up funding.
PhD students of the International Max Planck Research School present their work in the IMPRS S3 seminars. Every Wednesday during term, two doctorate students present their methods, progress, and results in a short talk of about half an hour.
IMPRS PhD candidates contribute significantly the publication output of the MPS. Their publications cover scientific topics in all areas of solar system science, ranging from astrophysics, stellar and solar physics including asteroseismology and helioseismology to planetary sciences including cometary science, space exploration, and geophysics, and use diverse methods from instrumentation development, data analysis and interpretation to analytical modelling and numerical simulations.
PhD students participate in the teaching activities of the Faculty of Physics. They act as tutors for exercise courses, supervise lab experiments or help with exam preparations. The coordination office assists students in finding teaching placements. As all other curricular activities, this teaching experience needs to be documented in the Course Assessment Form ("Leistungsnachweisheft"). The Course Assessment Form includes a list of teaching credits per course. Students are required to collect at least 8 teaching credits before submitting their thesis.
Solar System School: Lectures in solar physics, stellar physics, planetary sciences, extrasolar planets; specialisations in solar and stellar activity, seismology of the Sun (helioseismology), asteroseismology, planets; moons, small bodies and comets in the solar system; geophysics and geosciences
Calls for applications are issued once a year. Potential candidates responding to the call are invited to inform themselves about the research project options and to register at the online application portal.