PhD position in solar physics

The department "Sun and Heliosphere" at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research invites applications for a PhD position in solar physics. The research topic will be in the field of solar physics, comprising solar magnetic fields including dynamo processes, solar variability and climate, and physics of the photosphere, chromosphere, transition region, and corona. Applicants are encouraged to indicate interest in related topics from the list of open PhD projects, if applicable. Note that the listed projects are suggestions only and the actual PhD topic will be defined in a detailed discussion with the successful candidate.

The successful applicant will be enrolled as a doctoral candidate in the International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen ("Solar System School"). 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.

The successful applicant 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 this position should have a keen interest in solar physics and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, a 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.

How to apply

Please apply through the IMPRS online PhD application portal. For this project, you will be submitting an "off-cycle" application. Further information on off-cycle applications is available here and in the FAQ.

In your online application, please select one of "Solar and Stellar Coronae", "Solar Lower Atmosphere and Magnetism", "Solar MHD", or "Solar Variability and Climate" as your primary project choice. You may specify and motivate up to two additional choices.

Applications must be submitted no later than 31 May 2018. Applicants are asked to provide 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 upon submission of the application and will be asked to submit their letters through the online portal no later than 28 June 2018.

Once the online portal indicates that your application is complete with all reference letters in, please send an e-mail to the IMPRS coordinator Dr. Sonja Schuh to inform her of your submission.