2013 PhD Position in Thermodynamics and the Land Surface System in Germany

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The International Max Planck Research School announces PhD Project in Thermodynamics and the Land Surface System. Applicants from well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries are eligible to apply for the scholarship. A prerequisite for joining the school is a diploma or master of science degree in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, computer sciences or related fields, including a corresponding thesis. Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program.. Energy- and mass exchanges govern the functioning of the land surface, and these are affected by vegetation and human activity. The second law of thermodynamics sets a direction as well as limits to these exchange processes, but the specific implications of the second law are currently hardly explored. The application of thermodynamics to land surface functioning has the potential to much better understand the emergence of land surface heterogeneity and spatial organization, the effects of life, as well as the limits to human activity at a profound level. In this project, thermodynamics is applied to a topic related to the functioning of land surface system. This can include the description of preferential flow structures in hydrology, such as macropores or channel networks, the evaluation of interactions of vegetation with land surface exchange processes or the application to human impacts related to land use change or renewable energy. The PhD candidate will be advised by Axel Kleidon, Lee Miller and Maik Renner, all based at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry.. Scholarship is open for pursuing PhD position.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Scholarships is provided in the field of Thermodynamics and the Land Surface System.
Who can apply to this scholarship? Applications for the program are open to well
· motivated and highly
· qualified students from all countries. A prerequisite for joining the school is a diploma or master of science degree in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, computer sciences or related fields, including a corresponding thesis. Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program. For this particular PhD project they seek a candidate with a strong background in physics and maths interested in developing and applying numerical simulation models to quantify thermodynamic directions and limits of the land surface system.
Benefits of the scholarship: Not known
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: PhD degree in a 3-years graduate program.
Number of scholarships: Not known

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