ORGANISATION/COMPANYInternational Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen
RESEARCH FIELDAstronomy › AstrophysicsPhysics › Computational physics
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE01/11/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONGermany › Göttingen
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK39
OFFER STARTING DATE01/09/2021
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / ERC
IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?Yes
Each year, the Solar System School invites applications for PhD positions in Solar System Science. The deadline to submit applications in response to the yearly call is 1 November. The call for applications is published in September each year.
Research in the School covers three main areas:
Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.
The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD program in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as postdoc wrap-up funding.
The language of the structured graduate program is English, with complimentary German language courses offered (optional). The program includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides relocation costs and travel funds to attend international conferences.
Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics or a related field, including a written Masters thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.
Review of applications for a starting date of September 2021 will begin on 1 November 2020, but other starting times are also negotiable. The positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit the following documents through the online application portal before 1 November 2020:
an application form to be filled online, including two short texts describing the applicant's scientific interests and their motivation to apply for PhD projects in the Solar System School, along with the applicant's choice of up to three PhD projects;
a curriculum vitae in pdf format;
degree certificates and full transcripts of all academic records: i.e. scanned copies of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree certificates (or equivalent), and lists of all courses with credits and grades issued by the respective school or university, with English or German translations;
contact details for two or more referees who have agreed to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. The referees will be contacted by the School and will be asked to submit their letters through the online portal no later than 10 November 2020.
The Solar System School is committed to diversity. The MPS is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on providing career opportunities for women. Applications of persons with handicaps are encouraged and will be favoured in case of comparable qualifications.
English, three-year doctoral support contract, full social security coverage (health and care insurance, retirement benefits, unemployment insurance, maternity and parental leave), relocation costs, travel funds, short-term post-doctoral appointment after graduation
- Yearly recruitment cycle:
- Call for applications and list of open PhD projects published in September
- Deadline for applications and recommendation letters in November
- Interview week in February/ March in the following year
- Start of new academic year in September the following year
Please see the timeline at https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/application
Web site for additional job details
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELPhysics: Master Degree or equivalentAstronomy: Master Degree or equivalentComputer science: Master Degree or equivalentMathematics: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Written Master thesis
EURAXESS offer ID: 552689
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