Tenure track positions at Max Planck Institutes


Lise Meitner Excellence Program

“Free science is as natural as free breathing.” – Lise Meitner

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.

Lise Meitner Research Group
(Tenure track positions at Max Planck Institutes)

The Max Planck Society invites outstanding applicants to apply for tenure-track Lise Meitner Research Group Leader positions. The appointments will be made in partnership with suitable 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 suitable Max Planck Institute for an initial period of six years plus one additional year for maternal leave. 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, four to five years after the start of the group, the W2 position and the financial support will be continued. Further career development is possible including 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 cover letter,
  • a CV,
  • a list of publications,
  • a one-page summary of scientific achievements,
  • a research statement of max. three pages,
  • copies of three most important publications,

combined in one PDF file.

You are also required to invite two reviewers to upload recommendation letters for you to the application portal and, additionally, to name 3 other scientists at the end of your CV as experts in your research area.

To submit your application online, please visit https://mpg.cloud.opencampus.net

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2022.

For more information about the Max Planck Society and its institutes, please see https://www.mpg.de/en