The Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute
Germany (DE)
March 19 2021
Organization Type
All Industry

The Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.) is a world-leading, independent, non-profit research organization with the goal to promote cutting edge basic research. Within 86 Max Planck Institutes over 24,000 employees pursue basic research in broad areas of life and natural sciences as well as humanities, social sciences and law and have a strong interest in innovative and interdisciplinary research areas.

The Max Planck Society invites outstanding applicants to apply for permanent tenure-track Lise Meitner Research Group Leader positions. The appointments will be made in partnership with relevant Max Planck Institutes according to the applicants’ research topics. With the Lise Meitner Excellence Program, the Max Planck Society expressly aims to attract and promote the careers of outstanding female scientists who are at an early stage of their scientific career and have a documented track record of independent and innovative research.

The successful candidates will be offered a Lise Meitner Research Group at a relevant Max Planck Institute for an initial period of five years. The funding package includes a W2 tenure-track position (equivalent to Assistant/Associate Professor), resources for scientific staff and running costs as well as a highly competitive start-up package. Upon successful tenure evaluation, no later than five years after the start of the group, the W2 position and the financial support will be continued. Further career development is possible including guaranteed consideration for a Max Planck Director position within the Max Planck Society.

The purpose of the Lise Meitner Excellence Program is to increase the number of outstanding female scientists in the Max Planck Society

Therefore, the program primarily focuses on the recruitment of outstanding female scientists, though it is open to all applicants (for details, see Lise Meitner Excellence Program: FAQs). Furthermore, the MPG is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Your application should include:

- a CV - a cover letter

- a list of publications

- copies of three most important publications

- a one-page summary of scientific achievements

- a max. three page research statement

- two letters of recommendation

To submit your application online and for more details about the program, please visit:

The deadline for applications is April 28, 2021.

For more information about the Max Planck Society and its institutes, please see:

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