Supporting the Young Generation
Together with the neighboring Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) is the largest employer in the Würmtal. The employees work in diverse scientific departments and research units as well as in the administration and in various service facilities. At the MPIB, not only basic research plays an important role, but also the promotion and advancement of young people.
About 200 PhD students currently work at the MPIB. They conduct research for their PhD thesis or work directly in one of the research departments or groups or at the interdisciplinary International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “From Biology to Medicine”. The IMPRS is a cooperative endeavor of the Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry, of Neurobiology and of Psychiatry as well as the LMU and TU Munich, which promotes outstanding PhD students. Interdisciplinary offers shall encourage them to look beyond their own research area. Internationality is also rated high, and that is why approximately half of the IMPRS PhD students come from abroad.
Furthermore, the PhD students are supported by a Graduate Program (GP) which represents their interests. The GP has its own budget and can therefore organize additional advanced training offers, seminars and workshops as well as parties and informal meetings.
The scientists are supported in their everyday laboratory and office life by the administration and the service facilities. The MPIB also offers vocational training positions in six professions, two of them in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology. About 40 trainees in vocational training programs to become biology lab assistants, office administrators, IT specialists, precision mechanics, digital and print media designers as well as animal keepers in research and clinic currently work at the two institutes.