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IMPRS-gBGC PhD Program 2011, Germany: Biogeochemical cycles in the earth

The “International Max Planck Research School for global Biogeochemical Cycles” located in Jena, Germany, offers fellowships to outstanding students interested in research on biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system. The school offers excellent research possibilities for students to obtain a PhD degree in a 3-years graduate program.
The elements key to life such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen are continuously exchanged among the land, ocean and atmosphere in what are known as global biogeochemical cycles. Research in the IMPRS discovers how these cycles function, how they are interconnected, and how they can change with climate or human activity. Students can choose research that combines field observations, laboratory methods development, manipulative experiments, and numerical modelling to tackle current questions in global biogeochemistry. Students will also benefit from a three-month external research visit, specialised courses in e.g. statistics, Earth observation, modelling and analytical techniques, as well as in soft skills.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 15 January 2011

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2 Doctoral Research Positions at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

These doctoral positions are granted in the context of the interdisciplinary programme of the new ‘Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP)’. The research program aims to attract researchers educated in social anthropology (in particular, legal anthropology and conflict studies).

The doctoral students will carry out their studies mainly in Halle/Saale. They will participate in the training programme offered by the IMPRS-REMEP and can make use of the facilities and infrastructure of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. The interdisciplinary curriculum further requires participation in several joint seminars to be conducted together with the doctoral students who are affiliated with the IMPRS-REMEP partner institutes in Freiburg i.Br., Heidelberg and Frankfurt/Main. During these seminars, all students shall achieve cross-disciplinary knowledge in order to develop a common understanding of the overall research agenda and to be able to mutually understand and discuss their doctoral theses from the perspectives of all relevant disciplines. Working language of the training programme and the dissertation is English. According to local university regulations, German language skills may be required in exceptional cases. The scientific supervision of the doctoral students will be carried out by the Max Planck Institute and the University of Freiburg. Cross-disciplinary dissertation projects may be co-supervised by a member of the academic staff from a partner institute.

Application requirements

1. Completion of a university degree in social anthropology at a German university or completion at an equivalent university abroad.
2. Alternatively to (1), completion of regular university studies in a social sciences’ discipline as major subject, a second major subject, or two additional minor subjects, with an overall duration of at least 4 years at a German university, or completion of an equivalent programme at an equivalent university abroad. Master degree or equivalent degree from abroad. In exceptional cases with a background in sociology of law and interest in social anthropology empirical research, completion of a law degree at a German university or completion at an equivalent university abroad. First or Second German State Law Exam with a minimum overall grade of “vollbefriedigend” (according to the examination regulations “JAPrO” of the State of Baden-Württemberg), or an equivalent degree with an equiva¬lent grade (“with distinction”) from abroad.
3. Submission of a substantive proposal for a dissertation topic linked to the research agenda of the IMPRS-REMEP.
4. Solid proficiency in the English language. In addition, students should have at least some basic knowledge of German language and demonstrate willingness to improve it.

Scholarship Application Deadline: January 31th, 2011
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PhD Position at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany

The European Initial Training Network EBRAMUS (Europe BRAin and MUSic) is offering a PhD position for up to three years at the Max Planck Institute for Human Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Leipzig, Germany) in the research group “Neurocognition of rhythm in communication”.

The successful candidate will work on the project “Facilitatory effects of temporal and rhythmic music cues in local and hierarchical syntactic processing” and conduct behavioural, ERP and fMRI research in healthy and patient (stroke, Parkinson) populations. The PhD project will investigate how and when temporal and rhythmic cues facilitate syntactic processes of various complexities during auditory language processing.

The candidate must have a Masters degree in experimental psychology, neuroscience, neurolinguistics, or neuropsychology; experience with EEG and/or fMRI techniques and an interest in combined language/music research; knowledge of research designs, statistical skills and computer programming skills (Presentation, MATLAB). Knowledge or proficiency of German is not required but a plus; candidates will be encouraged to learn German during the PhD programme. Please note the programme-specific eligibility criteria.*

The research will be conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, an internationally leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, three 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG system, a TMS system and several EEG suites. All facilities are supported by experienced IT and physics staff. The institute offers a lively, international and interdisciplinary research environment. PhD students have the opportunity to participate in the curriculum of the International Max Planck Research School.

The successful candidate will benefit from the expertise united in the EBRAMUS training network, including collaborations with network partners with relevant expertise in music and language research, implicit learning, as well as methodological expertise. EBRAMUS is a consortium of European research centres to study new perspectives for stimulating cognitive and sensory processes using music.

Applications from female scientists are particularly encouraged. Preference will be given to disabled persons with the same qualification.

Please include the following documents in your application (preferably in one PDF-file): Cover letter, curriculum vitae (format: Europass CV), names and contact details of three personal references, a description of your personal qualifications, future research interests and academic goals (motivation letter). Applications citing the code EBRAMUS/SKC should be sent to Professor Sonja Kotz ( by 20 September 2010 latest as well as to (see also For questions or informal enquiries about the post, please contact Professor Sonja Kotz (; +49 341 99402231).

* At the time of appointment (1 November 2010), candidates need to be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in Germany, irrespective whether or not a doctorate is envisaged. They may be of any nationality except for the German one. In the case of a candidate holding more than one nationality, he/she must not have resided in Germany during the previous 5 years. In general, no candidate is allowed to have resided or carried out his/her main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her appointment. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. In addition, candidates have to undertake a physical transnational mobility at the time of appointment or within less than 12 months before his/her appointment under the project.

Contact Person: Professor Sonja Kotz
Email :
Contact No. +49 341 99402231

Contact Address:
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstrasse 1a,
04103 Leipzig, Germany

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