You have already obtained your doctorate and now wish to pursue a career in science?
Our institute is the place for you!

At our institute, you can embark on the postdoc stage of your career. What matters now is to gain scientific experience to qualify for higher-level positions. We offer exciting research at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology and material sciences. Join us in observing and manipulating the complex dynamics of interactions between macromolecules in living cells, in both health and disease.  We are always looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic young scientists for our institute. If you are interested in working at out institute, please do not hesitate to send your (unsolicited) application by e-mail or mail directly to the head of the department, research group, or service facility that you are interested in.

Our institute aims to provide an environment where postdocs and PhD students come to work, learn and have a good time together. To facilitate scientific and social interaction between scientists from all departments, PhD students and postdocs organize a PhD/Postdoc Seminar Series with internal and external speakers covering topics in science and career development. An informal get-together after the seminar offers room for further exchange and networking.

Because scientific exchange, discussion and collaboration are the foundation of first-class research, all scientists from our institute go on an annual scientific retreat together. Postdocs and PhD students organize the retreat’s scientific program.

All postdocs and PhD students can attend in-house as well as external trainings and seminars on a regular basis. Non-scientific trainings cover topics such as presentation skills, scientific writing, leadership skills, career planning, time management, conflict management, and more. Additional scientific workshops are offered by the institute’s scientific core facilities and experienced staff scientists.

Junior researchers can profit from scientific and soft skills training, mentoring programs, career networks, and various funding opportunities provided by the Max Planck Society. Below you will find a selection of Society-wide support structures. More information can be found on our career development and equal opportunity webpages.

Postdocs from various Max Planck Institutes have recently teamed up to create the Max Planck PostdocNet. This peer-to-peer network will help foster relationships between Max Planck Society postdocs and provide career guidance. If you are interested in joining this initiative, please contact our Postdoc Representative Sarah Duponchel. more
The Career Steps Network of the Max Planck Society aims at raising awareness for and informing researchers about measures for career support, fostering young talents, personal growth, reconciliation of family and work, and measures to promote equal opportunities. Every year the Max Planck Society organizes a career steps event for postdocs in academia and industry. It provides an overview of how to access the academic job market, how to pursue a career outside academia as well as training, coaching, and individual advice for successfully planning your future career steps.
LeadNet is a network bringing together senior scientists, research associates, and project and group leaders from the Max Planck Society. It provides a forum for discussing common scientific and organizational issues and promotes interaction among research groups. more
The Max Planck Society promotes equal career opportunities for women and men through a variety of initiatives in the organization. One program worth mentioning is the "Sign Up!" career-building program for postdoctoral students of the MPG. The program specifically addresses the challenges many young professionals face, thereby making an important contribution to securing competitiveness. more
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