International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM)

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the Universität Hamburg (UHH) jointly run the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM) to promote high-quality doctoral research into the Earth’s climate system.  The School conducts research in four primary research areas: atmosphere, land, ocean, and the human dimension.

Recruitment occurs annually. As part of their research, doctoral candidates may build and apply Earth system models that range in complexity and scale. The IMPRS-ESM offers doctoral candidates prime research facilities, advanced academic training in the Earth system sciences, and a structured supervision programme. Candidates enjoy ample opportunities to participate in national and international conferences and publish their scientific results in high-impact scientific journals.

The annual highly competitive IMPRS-ESM selection process favours applicants with strong academic backgrounds and suitable research interests. Successful candidates will graduate with a doctoral degree from the Universität Hamburg (Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. rer. pol.) and a certificate from the IMPRS-ESM. IMPRS-ESM alumni have taken up successful careers in both research and business sectors.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Claussen martin.claussen@we dont want

Phone:  +49 (0)40 41173 - 225

Executive Committee IMPRS-ESM

IMPRS office

Coordinator: Dr. Antje Weitz
antje.weitz@we dont want

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173 - 459


Cornelia Kampmann
cornelia.kampmann@we dont want

Michaela Born
michaela.born@we dont want

Phone: +49 (0)40 41173 - 467
Fax: +49 (0)40 41173 - 366

The IMPRS-ESM office is located at:

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Bundesstr. 53
D-20146 Hamburg