Graduate program at the MPIDS

Graduate program at the MPIDS

At the institute we investigate the dynamics and self-organization of complex systems from a theoretical, numerical and experimental perspective. Most of our doctoral researchers are physicists by training but our institute is occasionally also home for biologists, computer scientists, chemists or engineers. Detailed information on our research can be found on the pages of the organisation units.

Most of the PhDs are completed in collaboration with the Georg August University Göttingen but collaboration with other universities is also possible.
Currently the institute employs about 50 doctoral researchers. The doctoral researchers are enrolled either in the basic graduate program of the faculty of physics, the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for "Physics of Biological and Complex Systems" (PBCS), in the program "Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience" (PTCN) or in another available program (see list of links in the right column). Some of the programs are part of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neuroscience, Biophysics and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB), which offers additional soft skill and methods courses to doctoral researchers. All graduate programs are part of the overarching Georg August University School of Science (GAUSS).

Doctoral researchers at the institute are represented by elected representatives who themselves are organized in the Max Planck Society's organization for doctoral researchers, the PhDnet.

If you are interested in a PhD at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization, please contact the department or group leader most relevant to your scientific field of interest.
If you have questions about life and work as a doctoral researcher at the MPIDS in general, feel free to contact the PhD representatives.


The PhD student initiative of MPIDS aims to promote the interests of PhD students within our institute and within the Max Planck Society. We wish to improve the PhD life at the institute through various social, scientific and career-related activities.

The PhD student initiative consists of elected representatives, who are part of PhDnet - the PhD student network of the Max Planck Society. 

Bachelor and Master theses at the Institute

At the institute we offer a multitude of projects for bachelor or master theses, mostly in close collaboration with the Georg August University Göttingen. Many of our research groups are represented at the bachelor fair of the faculty of physics, which happens regularly. If you are interested in working on a bachelor or master project, check out our projects at the bachelor fair or contact the leaders of the departments or groups most relevant to your scientific field of interest.

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