Career prospects

The IMPRS PhD program will enhance your scientific career chances over a wide range of applications. Qualifications vary from developing and deploying highly sophisticated instrumentation numerical techniques, and data analysis to project management, teamwork and international cooperation.

Your application
Applications must include: • A completed and signed application form • 2 letters of recommendation, sent from the referees directly to the IMPRS office • Certified copies of academic certificates • Curriculum Vitae, incl. a portrait photo • A brief motivation letter • A statement of future goals • Proof of English language ability A requirement for acceptance in the IMPRS program is a Master's degree in a related subject.

High quality research State of the art instrumentation Innovative education methods International context Comprehensive supervision

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Successful graduates have career opportunities in: • • • • • • Research institutes and academia Weather services Government organizations Environmental agencies Industries, risk assessment Environmental and meteorological consulting • The energy sector • Traffic and aviation related sector • Education

Contact: Max Planck Institute for Chemistry IMPRS Office, Dr. Agnes Heinemann P.O. Box 3060 55020 Mainz, Germany Phone: +49 (6131) 305 1200 Fax: +49 (6131) 305 4009 E-Mail:
Cover Pictures taken by Elmar Uherek, Franz Holzknecht, Christina Oikonomou

The program
The program of the International Max Planck Research School for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (IMPRS-ACP) leads to the award a PhD degree from one of our partner universities. The school provides a comprehensive supervision also beyond the selected research group and the framework to prepare for the PhD exam in an individually structured program. Lectures, workshops, soft skill courses, an annual PhD Symposium and summer schools enable the PhD students to widen their knowledge and skills beyond the research topic of the doctoral project. During your PhD time you will be accompanied by your PhD Advisory Committee which will be formed by the first referee of your thesis as well as your day-to-day supervisor and 1-3 further scientists.

The institutes
Our graduate school offers an outstanding PhD program in atmospheric chemistry, physics and environmental physics; also doctoral students with biology and geosciences participate in our interdisciplinary program. A number of national and international institutions and universities are associated through active collaborations. Together these institutes guarantee for cutting-edge research. The following institutes form the core of the research school: • • • • Max Planck Institute for Chemistry University of Mainz University of Heidelberg University of Frankfurt

The topics
During the “anthropocene” the human population and the use of resources have increased enormously. Biogeochemical cycles have accelerated; global ecology and the atmospheric composition have changed at a pace that is unprecedented in the history of our planet. We inevitably face questions about the carrying capacity of the earth and feedback mechanisms in the climate system. Here the atmosphere plays a central role in the earth system. Therefore scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry focus on the study of the chemical – and physical – processes in the Earth system, and particularly on the interplay between the atmosphere, oceans, land and biosphere.

Benefits as an IMPRS PhD Student • • • • • • Comprehensive supervision Extending skills by lectures and courses Funds for research schools IMPRS Days (PhD Symposium) IMPRS Certificate Dissertation will be printed incl. ISBN

Requirements as an IMPRS PhD Student • • • • • Achieve at least 12 credit points Attend lectures "Atmospheric Chemistry" Attend at least one research school Annual Meetings with your committee Submit two Reports

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz © Anne Reuter

Measuring Campaign, „Kleiner Feldberg“, Germany © Carsten Costard

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