Financial Coordinator (f/m/d) | Max Planck School of Cognition (MPSCog)

Controlling & Accounting & Finances Leipzig
Neurosciences Cognitive Research Linguistics

Job Code: FC 01/21

Job Offer from January 29, 2021

The Max Planck School of Cognition (MPSCog), one of the three pioneering national Max Planck Schools, is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Society and leading German Universities together with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, and University College London. The MPSCog explores new paths in postgraduate education in Germany by linking the diverse excellence of researchers in the various fields of cognition. The school aims to attract exceptional Master’s and doctoral candidates at an international level in the field of cognition by providing both an outstanding environment for research and an optimal setting for multi-and interdisciplinary graduate education.

We invite applications for a full-time position as Financial Coordinator for the MPSCog. The successful applicant is expected to be based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS), Leipzig. The duration of the post is 2 years, with the possibility of extension. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society. Ideal start date is as soon as possible.


  • The successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • Managing finances, including planning and budget control
  • Analyzing all financial data, monitoring all transactions and preparing appropriate reports when needed
  • Ensuring compliance with the financial policies and procedures of the MPSCog
  • Communicating and coordinating, clearly and in a timely fashion, with all stakeholders (partner universities, central administration at the Max Planck Society, administration of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) on all financial matters
  • Maintaining accurate financial records
  • Reporting to the scientific coordinator and the speakers of the MPSCog
  • Identifying potential problems and solutions within the financial field

Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Undergraduate degree (BSc.) in accounting, finance, economics or a relevant field
  • Significant experience of working in project management; experience with BMBF-funded projects is highly desirable
  • Very good IT knowledge of MS Office and content management systems
  • Excellent time management skills due to occasional periods of high demand
  • High degree of initiative and sense of responsibility
  • Very good command of written and spoken German and English
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Application procedure

Application is via our online system (subject heading: “FC 01/21”). The position will remain open until it is filled. The application should include a personal statement and full CV.

Should you have further questions, please contact Dr. Natacha Mendes

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