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10 Doctoral positions in International Research Training Group “Geo-ecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau”

Start of the program: January 1st 2021

Application deadline: May 31st 2020

The Sino-German Research Training Group (GRK 2309) “Geo-ecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau” (TransTiP), funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), offers a research-oriented doctoral program analyzing different aspects of Earth surface fluxes on the Tibetan Plateau in four distinct project areas: Sediment fluxes, carbon fluxes, water fluxes and water quality, as well as human dimensions of climate change. The Tibetan Plateau represents one of the most vulnerable geo-ecosystems on Earth, being affected by accelerated climate warming and rapid intensification in land use. Therefore, the goals of TransTiP are to (a) quantify rates and magnitudes of sediment movement and transport, (b) identify the impact of land-use change on soil organic carbon storage and associated carbon fluxes, (c) determine how these processes have affected water balances, geo-ecosystem services, and biodiversity patterns, and (d) address the social context of climate change.

For the start as of January 1st 2021, TransTiP is now offering 10 PhD positions (3 years, 50-100%) in the following areas:


See all available projects.

TransTiP is jointly run by Technische Universität Braunschweig, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, in cooperation with Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena, Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam, Leibniz Institute DSMZ Braunschweig, and Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

The Sino-German Research Training Group

We offer

  • Exciting modern research projects in well-equipped laboratories using state-of-the-art technologies
  • Tandems of German and Chinese Teams with an at least six-month research stay at our partner institutions in China
  • Professional and efficient supervision secured by a thesis advisory committee
  • Doctoral thesis associated with an individually tailored qualification program
  • excellent scientific and transferable skills training
  • A communicative atmosphere within an excellent scientific network
  • Mutual exchange with a broad range of institutions and participation in international and national conferences and workshops.

We expect

  • Excellent University degree (equivalent diploma/master) with expertise in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, or related fields
  • Strong scientific motivation
  • Strong affection to acquire interdisciplinary work and research experience
  • Fluent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Participation in the qualification program of the Research Training Group


Information on the application process and required documents can be found here. Interviews with shortlisted candidates in Braunschweig during the Candidate Colloquium are planned for the period between June 29th and July 3rd, 2020. International applicants will be interviewed by video-conference.

For any further information concerning the positions, individual projects, as well as requirements and application process refer to our website or contact the TransTiP Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Nicole Börner

The Sino-German Research Training Group
The Sino-German Research Training Group

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