The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in Jena is dedicated to interdisciplinary basic research in the field of Earth system sciences with a focus on climate and ecosystems. The internationally renowned institute, which currently employs around 230 people, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Our institute is a member of the Max Planck Society, one of the leading organizations for basic research in Europe. Further information on the Max Planck Society as an employer can be found here.
Jena and Thuringia
Our institute is located on the Beutenberg Campus in Jena, Thuringia, a major city that has been ranked top within German municipalities in five different economic rankings in recent years. The Friedrich Schiller University and more than ten different research institutes on the Beutenberg Campus offer excellent local cooperation opportunities.
Jena is known for high-tech industry, internationally renowned research institutions and a modern university. However, it also has a beautiful natural setting in the green Saale Valley with steep limestone slopes. The city of Jena has an active student scene and a diverse cultural life.
More general information about Jena can be found on the city's official website and on wikipedia. Detailed information for newcomers can be found on the pages of our PhD program IMPRS gBGC.