Max Planck Directors

The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institutes for

are seeking nominations for the position of

Max Planck Director

in any exciting field of science and, in particular, including the following:

artificial intelligence, bio-hybrid intelligent systems, biochemistry, biological/biophysical technologies (incl. cryo-EM tomography), biology (cellular, computational, mechanistic, molecular, structural), chemical ecology, chemistry/physics/theory of materials, clinical neuromodeling, cognition, collective and multi-agent systems, computational climate physics, corrosion, computational psychiatry or psychosomatics and computational neuroimaging, computer science, developmental robotics, electrochemistry, electronic structure theory, machine learning, materials science and engineering, microbial interactions, marine microbiology (microbial physiology, ecology, evolution, interactions, or other related disciplines), molecular machines, optical sciences, physics and chemistry approaches in life science, plant biology (physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or molecular ecology), multiscale modelling, pure mathematics, quantum chemistry, single cell genomics, soft robotics, theoretical/numerical astrophysics relevant to stellar, planetary, high-energy or transient phenomena, theoretical and experimental biophysics, theoretical astrophysics or astroparticle physics.

Directors pursue a bold research agenda and lead the institute jointly with their fellow directors.

Nominees should have achieved distinction in their fields. Chief criteria for a directorship are scientific or scholarly excellence and an innovative research program, rather than seniority or publication rankings. The committees of the Max Planck Society will read and evaluate the three to five best publications provided for the nominee. We are looking for the strongest and most creative scientists worldwide, and offer an international, excellent research environment, outstanding infrastructure and long-term scientific funding.

Written nominations will be treated with strictest confidentiality.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equity and welcomes nominations from all backgrounds. We actively encourage nominations of persons with disabilities.

Nominations should include:

  • a letter in support of nomination,
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a list of publications,
  • three to five selected publications,
  • and a brief description of the research program.

Nominations should be uploaded to our application portal.

Nominations should be submitted by April 30, 2018

Later nominations may also be considered.

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