Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig... [more]
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen... [more]
Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg... [more]
Then the Max Planck Society is for you! Surveys show that the Society, which enjoys worldwide recognition, is a preferred employer for many students. Providing solid training for outstanding junior scientists is the key mission of 80 Max Planck Institutes in 40 German cities and in Nijmegen (the Netherlands), Florence and Rome and Florida.
This is where top scientists conduct research in fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, computer science, law, social sciences, art and education. You will work in an interdisciplinary and team-focused environment, meeting colleagues from all over the world. You will benefit from the knowledge of renowned mentors who are in contact with research partners around the globe, and use state-of-the-art equipment in your research.
I would like to do a Ph.D.
I would like to conduct postdoctoral research
I would like to lead my own research group
The road to a Ph.D.
Max Planck institutes pride themselves on a wealth of experience when it comes to supporting and training doctoral students. The institutes work with universities, which officially confer the doctorates at the end of the education and training period. Approximately 4,000 young people continually conduct research for their doctorates at the Max Planck Institutes; one third of them are doing so as a member of an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS). Together with partner universities and other research facilities, these offer students the opportunity of a structured graduate training program with a designated curriculum.
Contact the IMPRS of your choice. They cover a broad range of academic disciplines and each school has its own acceptance procedures and deadlines.
Encouragement to advance as a post doc
Once you have earned your doctorate, you can work on your own larger research project as a postdoctoral student at a Max Planck institute and gain teaching experience at the same time. You will be appointed project leader.
Positions for group leaders
Max Planck institutes around the world are always looking for particularly gifted young scientists to head up research groups. As a group leader, you are responsible for a small number of employees, are assigned a budget and can work with absolute autonomy – the perfect starting point for a scientific career.
The Max Planck Society also offers additional management positions as part of a centrally administered development programme for Max Planck research groups.