PhD Programme Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS)

General information

Doctoral Candidates in any discipline of marine sciences in Kiel can take part in our PhD programme.

In addition to your PhD advisor you choose at least one co-advisor. Your primary advisor has to be a person with the faculty permission to advise doctoral candidates. Co-advisors may come from the university or from outside (e.g. NGOs, governmental agencies etc.). It can be anyone with a scientific background who is able to contribute to your project. By applying to participate in the ISOS programme, you and your advisors enter a supervision agreement that requires two advisory committee meetings per year.

The PhD programme of the Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS) focuses on interdisciplinary education outside of curricular courses. It offers supplementary training, a framework of supervision, mentoring and mobility for doctoral candidates. At the ISOS, doctoral candidates sharpen their scientific profile, are challenged to think beyond their discipline and to equip themselves for life after a PhD.

About 150 PhD candidates from six faculties participate in the PhD programme, forming a large interdisciplinary network. By applying to participate in the ISOS programme, you and your advisors enter a supervision agreement that requires two advisory committee meetings per year.

Supervision
As an ISOS PhD candidate you will be supervised by an advisory committee consisting of your primary advisor, a second advisor and optionally an additional advisor or mentor from within or outside the University. This committee will guide you through your doctoral studies, and support your academic and personal goals.

Activities
We have developed a range of courses and events from which PhDs can pick and choose based on their needs and perception of tangible added value. At the ISOS you can choose from a wide range of academic courses, transferable skill workshops, and apply for travel and “Miniproposal” funding. Our expectation is that ISOS PhD candidates gain a comprehensive view of marine science research in Kiel, including legal and economic issues and applied sciences. You will be challenged to identify and pursue your goals, and are expected to leave the programme with a head start on your career. An overview of the available ISOS course in available here. In addition to these courses the ISOS conduct events. Most of them are open to everyone and you don't need to register to participate.

Compulsory components
Advisory Committee Meetings once a semester are compulsory. You are responsible for scheduling and preparation of the meeting and for submitting the protocol once a semester.

Please note:

  • There are different structures at Kiel University which you may face during your PhD studies - do not get confused and find more information here.
  • The Integrated School of Ocean Sciences does not offer PhD scholarships or positions. If you are interested in doing a PhD in marine sciences in Kiel, you will need to find a position with a senior scientist. A list of senior scientists can be found under "Cluster - Members". 
    Here you can find open PhD positions. 
Contact Person: (info@isos.uni-kiel.de)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0542 - Statistics", "0031- Personal skills and communication", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography

Venue

Venue: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Contact University)
Kiel, Germany

Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS)
Leibnizstr. 3, 24118 Kiel

Application


Prerequisites:

Doctoral Candidates in any discipline of marine sciences in Kiel can take part in the PhD programme. As an ISOS PhD you remain anchored in your faculty for all formal regulations.


Application Procedure:

The application form (Microsoft Word Doc file) is available on line at the 'Joining the ISOS' section of the programme's website.


Grant Opportunities:

ISOS does not currently offer PhD scholarships or positions. If you are interested in doing a PhD in marine sciences in Kiel, you will need to find a position with a senior scientsts. It offers however, financial support to its registered PhD candidates through:

  • Travel funding (maximum 50%) for conferences, workshops and training events
  • the possibility to apply for a "mini-proposal", a scheme whereby you can obtain, administer and conduct your own small research project.

Qualification

Academic level: PhD
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