Early autonomy and a budget of your own Max Planck Research Groups offer early career researchers who hold a doctoral degree an excellent opportunity to qualify for a further career at a high level.

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The MPG offers junior researchers again the possibility to apply for a position as a Max Planck Research Group Leader in all areas of science. Application deadline is October 22, 2020 more

New brochure about career paths

You can download our guide to career advancement with equal opportunities at this link more


The ring around the black hole glitters

September 23, 2020

Astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope conclude from archive data how the surroundings of the mass monster in the galaxy M 87 have changed

Orphaned chimpanzees can suffer for life

September 18, 2020

Male chimpanzees who lose their mother early in life are less competitive and have fewer offspring than sons who continue to live with their mothers

Bavaria builds on research

September 17, 2020

Support for the new Max Planck life science campus in Martinsried and the initiative for quantum computing and quantum technologies

Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Max Planck Schools

Interdisciplinary supervision by excellent mentors and attractive financial assistance: The Max Planck Schools target ambitious Bachelor or Master graduates from all over the world. Apply now!

Innovative training programmes for Phd students

Talented German and foreign junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions

Job Offers

PhD positions | Engineering and Mathematics (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
September 25, 2020

PhD positions | Living Matter | Chemical and Molecular Biology

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
September 23, 2020

Postdoc / Research Scientist (m/f/d) | Mathematical or Formal Demography

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
September 23, 2020

IT Administrator (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
September 22, 2020


Videos and Events

Parrots help others to find food

Video January 10, 2020

Parrots exhibit a high level of social intelligence and cooperativeness. Moreover, they reciprocate received favours and do not appear jealous, if conspecifics obtain a better reward than themselves.

Spot On - Rosalia Engchuan

Video February 10, 2020

Anthropologist Rosalia Engchuan looks at how Indonesian filmmakers respond to the challenges of their social and environmental surroundings and how they influence the development of moral values, for example, through solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

Synthetic Chloroplast Production using a Microfluidic platform

Video May 13, 2020

Cell-sized droplets equipped with natural and synthetic parts are able to perform photosynthesis. In the future, they could serve as bioreactors for the sustainable, light driven fixation of CO2 into value-added compounds.

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas Böhm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.


Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology


Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

“Smart Working – how it affects industries, technologies and careers”


Let's go digital: this year's Max Planck Symposium for early career researchers is taking place on Sept. 17 – 19, 2020 and will take the form of an Online Conference, with keynotes, workshops, a panel discussion and evening networking activities.

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MPI of Neurobiology
An optical illusion opens a window into the brain more
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
Social Networking at the Cellular Gateway more
MPI of Biochemistry
New therapeutic approach against leukemia more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Green Chemistry - Sustainable p-xylene production more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
Ammonia instead of methane more
MPI for Intelligent Systems
Detecting the handedness of a single nanoparticle more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
The oldest Neanderthal DNA of Central-Eastern Europe more
MPI of Biophysics
Details of autophagy machinery assembly more
MPI of Biophysics
Nuclear pores in their natural context more
MPI for Nuclear Physics
Mass of the deuteron corrected more
MPI for Astronomy
How to feed a baby star more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Effectiveness of primate conservation measures mostly unproved more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
A targeted control of brain activity more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Strigolactones increase tolerance to weevils in tobacco plants more
MPI of Neurobiology
Individual differences in the brain more
MPI for Heart and Lung Research
Assembly within the tumor center more

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