Call for Applications 2018/19 - Max Planck Research Groups


The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften (MPG) is an independent, non-profit research organization, whose goal is to promote top quality research at its institutes. The over 80 research institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft conduct basic research in Biology and Medicine; Chemistry, Physics and Technology; Humanities, Social Sciences, Cognitive (Neuro)Sciences and Law. In particular, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft addresses new, innovative and interdisciplinary research areas. To support emerging scholars early in their career path, we need you - outstanding postdocs in all fields of research pursued in our organisation. We invite you to apply for a position as Max Planck Research Group Leader.

With this call for applications, MPG und Technische Universität München (TUM) combine again their respective career opportunities to a highly attractive career option for international top talents: Successful candidates will be offered a Max Planck Research Group Leader position accompanied by the excellent research conditions in a Max Planck Institute, and additionally - in case of interest - also the opportunity to apply for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at TUM with doctorate granting rights and career options via Associate to Full Professor according to the TUM Faculty Tenure Track system.

The deadline for application is October 18, 2018.

The standard setting and contract conditions for Max Planck Research Groups are as follows:

  • the group leader position (W2; approximately equivalent to assistant or associate professor position without tenure)
  • Postdoc position(s)
  • PhD positions
  • Technical Assistant position(s) as far as necessary
  • internationally competitive start-up package for equipment
  • adequate budget for consumables and running costs

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft offers high flexibility in the use of the allotted money, allowing the group leaders to assign their budget individually according to need. The contract will be for 5 years plus a possible start-up phase. Limited extensions are possible after positive evaluation.

If you want further information about the Max Planck Research Group Leader program and the selection procedure in general, we recommend visiting our FAQ page. or the official website