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How to become an independent research group leader

Routes to the MPIB as an independent research group leader

We are always interested in promoting excellent young scientists towards becoming independent research group leaders at our institute.

There are two alternative routes of how to apply:

(1) Application for a Max Planck Research Group Leader (MPRGL) position

MPGRL positions are announced by the institute or centrally by the Max Planck Society (“Free Floater Program”). 
For calls and deadlines, please consult the homepage of the Max Planck Society (MPG). 

(2) Pro-active application

Such applications can be send to the MPIB as an official host institution in the framework of your third party-funded research group. Main funding will be provided by the respective programs, while the institute will contribute space, excellent infrastructure, and additional resources.

Pro-active applications are invited at any time. In case you are interested, please adhere to the following two-step procedure:

Stage 1: 
Please send a short proposal (2-3 pages) and your CV to the Managing Director. If evaluated positively, you will be invited to Stage 2, to give an online presentation.

Stage 2: 
Brief online presentation (ca. 30 min) of your key research accomplishments, your scientific vision and your potential fit to the institute

If evaluated positively, you will be invited to visit the institute to discuss your needs and requirements for successful grant application.

What we offer

Research group leaders receive extensive support from the Institute on several levels. These include administrative support from the Institute's administration, finance and human resources departments, excellent service facilities and support with grant applications.

At the scientific level, departments and research groups have access to the Institute's many facilities and are invited to participate in doctoral programs, that provide access to talented and motivated students.

The MPIB scientific community is largely international and there are several arrangements in place to support foreign researchers. Currently, the staff comprises 45 nationalities. The working language is English. Free German and English language courses are offered.

The  International Office (IO) provides information and extensive support for foreign scientists coming to the MPIB. Each year, the institute hosts a large number of visiting graduate students, postdocs and senior scientists from all parts of the world. For example, the IO helps with relocation, financial issues, schools and daycare in the vicinity, visa, guidance for German administration.

A welcome event, a booklet, and a website in English are available for newcomers to the institute, which address key issues of settling in. There are both, rooms in a guesthouse for temporary accommodation, as well as flats for long-term stays available.

The MPIB provides support in family matters. It actively collaborates with and supports two day-care centres for pre-school children on campus, the “Klopferspitzchen” and the BIOKids.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer and facilitating the career ascent of female scientists has been a priority for over a decade now. The Max Planck Society boasts the highest number of women on a scientific staff in Germany – even in leading positions.

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