Around 21,000 members of staff conduct research and work at 40 locations in Germany, as well as in Rome, Florence, Nijmegen and Florida. Indeed, Max Planck Institutes are looked on as innovative and internationally active employers. We even have it in black and white: In spring 2010, natural science students in Germany once again positioned the Max Planck Society right at the top of the list of the most attractive employers within the framework of the Universum Student Surveys. In the categories “Engineering” and “IT” the society also ranked among the first of the 100 best employers.
The working environment at the Max Planck institutes is both open and stimulating – and international! Not surprisingly, the appeal of the Max Planck Society has achieved international fame. More than a third of around 12,000 scientists hold a foreign passport. They form a creative cosmos in which interdisciplinary and intercultural concepts and ideas of great minds come to bear. This, in turn, ensures the success of the excellent basic research for which our organisation is renowned.
We promote accomplished junior scientists, who complete formative years of their careers as student assistants, Ph.D. students, postdocs or research group heads at Max Planck institutes, and who benefit from the knowledge of their internationally networking scientific mentors. As alumni, they help boost our reputation around the world, just as the, to date, 17 Nobel Prize winners who lend the Max Planck Society prestige.
We are also committed to providing young people with a sound basis in various skilled trades. Around 600 young men and women kick-start their vocational career by doing an apprenticeship in the workshops or administrative offices of the Max Planck institutes.
Facilitating the career ascent of female scientists has been a priority for us 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.
Our family-friendly staff policy carries a seal of quality. As the first German research organisation, our institutes were granted the logo of the non-profit organisation berufundfamilie (“career and family”) in 2006, after a comprehensive certification process.