Young researchers who come to our institute to start a doctorate or accept a postdoc position will discover an international and multi-disciplinary community, an excellent research environment and last but not least, the beautiful mountain scenery and the laid-back Bavarian town Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
IFU currently hosts 40 doctoral researchers and 30 postdocs from different disciplines such as Physics, Meteorology, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Landscape Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences. They work on researching different aspects of climate change. A large number of our doctoral and postdoctoral researchers come from abroad.
Talent management and the promotion of young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and our institute. To underline that importance our institute established the IFU Graduate Office in 2012 and the Helmholtz Research School MICMoR on ‘Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions’ in close cooperation with Bavarian universities and research organizations. The IFU Garduate Office offers qualifications in scientific and professional skills, exchange and networking possibilities, and advice and support on career development and research funding.
We also take on interns from high school, FOS and universities, as well as students doing a Bachelor and Master project. From time to time, we offer lectures, workshops or demonstrations for "little researchers" within the children’s university.