Phd theses

PhD thesis work at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching or in Greifswald is offered in conjunction with various universities. From 2010 until 2020 a total of 154 PhD theses were done at IPP.

Scientific work is conducted at IPP in Garching or Greifswald and is supervised by IPP staff. At universities, particularly Aachen/Jena (RWTH/FSU), Augsburg, Bayreuth, Berlin (TU), Greifswald, Karlsruhe, München (LMU, TU) and Ulm as well as in Gent (Belgium), DTU (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet), Vienna (Austria), KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and  University of Science and Technology of China, PhD students are represented by lecturers or professors who are affiliated to or work closely with IPP.

PhD students participate at IPP in interdisciplinary teamwork and are involved in cooperation projects on the national, European and international levels. The graduates work in groups engaged in different areas of research. Within each group they are supervised by tutors who, as required, also arrange contacts with other institutes. Besides being provided with regular seminars and colloquia, they are also given support to attend national and international conferences. A number of staff members of IPP or partners in collaboration are lecturers or professors at universities or polytechnics and can provide information on organisation relating to these.

  • The International Helmholtz Graduate School for Plasma Physics, organised by IPP together with Technical University Munich and Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald offers a PhD course in plasma physics and fusion research in Garching and Greifswald.
  • IPP at Garching and Greifswald is one of the partners of the new "International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering" (Fusion DC) under the auspices of Erasmus Mundus, the European programme to promote training schemes.
  • IPP is a Member of the European Fusion Education Network (FUSENET) for coordinating training in fusion research and technology throughout Europe.
  • IPP is one of the founders of the Munich School for Data Science (MUDS). The aim of MuDS is to combine training in Data Science with training in application domain areas, namely plasma physics, biomedicine, robotics and earth observation, to educate the next generation of data scientists.

PhD contracts are limited to three years (see contract conditions of IPP).

PhDNet of the Max Planck Society
The PhDNet is the voice of and for PhD students of the Max Planck Society (MPG). The PhDNet represents PhD students' interests and communicates PhD-student related issues to the President of the Max Planck Society and other MPG-officials. Current concerns are, for example, quality of supervision, the contract situation and scientific exchange. More information under

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