PhD positions in Engineering and Mathematics

October 22, 2013

The next application period is expected to start in autumn 2024.


We would like to inform you that the current IMPRS program will be discontinued and will not be initiating any new PhD projects. However, we plan to commence a new IMPRS program with a fresh topic in January 2025, with the application phase anticipated to commence in the fall of 2024.

The International Max Planck Research School for Advanced Methods in Process and Systems Engineering (IMPRS ProEng) is a graduate school jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems (MPI) and the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU). In our ↪structured PhD program, talented junior scientists have the opportunity to obtain a doctorate under excellent research conditions, a multidisciplinary environment and close scientific supervision.

Through an innovative concept of combining cutting-edge mathematical and systems-oriented engineering research driven by challenging questions arising from the analysis, design and optimization of chemical and biochemical processes, the school has been bringing together researchers from various engineering areas, natural sciences and mathematics. We investigate problems of process and systems engineering, characterized by both high complexity and high practical relevance.

Apart from a well-balanced extensive curriculum designed to train both scientific and soft skills, the IMPRS ProEng supports doctoral candidates in conducting part of their research at our international partner institutions. Our working language is English and the doctoral degree is awarded by the Otto von Guericke University.

All our doctoral candidates receive a standard working contract (OVGU) or support contract (MPI) with payment and benefits in accordance with a public collective agreement (TVL or TVöD). Your salary is based on TVL/TVöD E13, 75%.


We are looking for students with a Master Degree (or degrees equivalent to the German Diploma) in the areas of chemical engineering and bioengineering, systems and control theory or mathematics. You should have solid expertise in the area of research of the ↪research group you apply for. Recent activities in the respective research field are welcome. Fluent English is mandatory since you will work in an international environment.

Participating in our program with a Bachelor degree only, is not possible. You might check out our ↪scholarship opportunities for Master studies in Magdeburg.

Further information & application

The Max Planck Society and the Otto von Guericke University are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society and the Otto von Guericke University seek to increase the number of women in those scientific areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. We offer extensive support to ensure reconciliation of family and career and operate a family-conscious personnel policy.

Applications should be submitted via our ↪online application form. Required documents are: CV, motivation letter, all your university degrees and transcripts of grades (in German or English), two reference letters, and proof of English proficiency.

For more information on the application process check ↪selection process and ↪FAQ and for more information on the personal experiences of our doctoral researchers check ↪what they shared with us.

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