Max Planck Research Group Leader in Neuroethology

Germany (DE)
W2 according to public tarif
July 13 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

caesar and the Max Planck Society

 invite applications for a

Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2)

in Neuroethology

The Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar) in Bonn, Germany, is a neuroethology institute that focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior. Caesar is closely associated with the Max Planck Society and shares its scientific principles.

caesar seeks to appoint a new Max Planck Research Group Leader with a focus on neuroethology. The successful candidate is a creative investigator with an innovative research program aimed at understanding how the brain controls animal behavior while also developing and employing technologies that break new ground in the interrogation of neural circuits. He/She is expected to establish an internationally recognized independent research program and is encouraged to collaborate with other groups and departments at caesar, the neighboring University of Bonn and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).

Applicants should hold an advanced degree and have significant post-doctoral experience. The position is a Max Planck Research Group Leader (MPRGL), equivalent to an Assistant Professor (W2). The initial appointment of the group leader is for 5 years with the possibility of extension (2 x 2 years) after international review. For more general information please see also: The start date is negotiable and the position provides a generous startup package, yearly personnel and running costs, well-equipped laboratory space, as well as access to core facilities.

The Max Planck Society and caesar are committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. Additionally caesar and the Max Planck Society seek to increase the number of women in science and therefore explicitly encourage qualified women to apply.

Applications need to include

  • a cover letter explaining why you would like to join our institute
  • your Curriculum Vitae, including your publication list
  • a statement of scientific achievements and a list of 3 potential referees
  • a two page summary of your future research plans
  • up to three of your most important papers

    and should be sent electronically as one single pdf-file by August 27th 2018 to the Managing Director of caesar (E-mail:  

    Short-listed candidates should be prepared to join a one-day selection symposium, during which they will have the opportunity to present their research, on: Oct. 23rd 2018, in Berlin, Germany.

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