Equal Opportunities

Equal Opportunities

at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

We recognize that diversity is a fundamental part of excellence and are committed to encouraging and promoting diversity at our institute. Only through bringing together intellectual, creative and technical excellence will it be possible to remain a leading research institution. Therefore, we actively and continually aim towards a work environment free of discrimination, with equal opportunities for all staff members and a climate of mutual respect, appreciation, and recognition.

As an employer, the institute is committed to safeguarding equal opportunities by treating all employees and job applicants equally and fairly, irrespective of gender, religion, origin, or disability. The institute works actively to create a working climate and a culture of interpersonal relations that supports equality and prevents all forms of discrimination.

Particular emphasis is placed on the promotion of young scientists and on making careers compatible with family life. This involves assistance with regard to childcare and caring for family members in need, advice in career planning, and support for personal development through opportunities for further professional training. Flexible working hours and a good working atmosphere help young scientists in combining a career in science with a fulfilling family life.

In areas in which women are underrepresented, the institute strives to attract female applicants with the aim to raise the number of women scientists at all levels of the scientific hierarchy. The Equal Opportunities representative and her deputy work together to promote measures to advance women and support the head of the institute in implementing these; staff members can approach them for confidential consultations. The central Equal Opportunities office of the Max Planck Society is likewise available to all.

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