Stefan Mundlos, from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, explains why there will be no designer babies in the near future.

Max Planck Society publishes discussion paper on genome editing

Max Planck Society rejects interventions in the human germline more

Genome Editing

Gene scissors, molecular scalpel - an information portal on the new method of genome editing more


Food for young twin stars

October 03, 2019

Astronomers observe how two suns collect matter in a binary system


Fruit flies live longer with combination drug treatment

October 02, 2019

Lithium, trametinib, and rapamycin ameliorate side effects


Bacteria make pearl chains

September 25, 2019

With elegant appendages, the bacteria increase their surface area and thus improve their food intake


Recruitment Programs & Job Offers

Call for nominations 2019

The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institutes are seeking nominations for Max Planck Director positions. Application deadline is 28th October 2019


Call for applications 2019/2020

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 17th October, 2019


Current Job Offers

Fancy new challenges? Here you will find current vacancies of the Max Planck Society and its institutes. Find the right job for your profile



Videos and Events

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.

From the Institutes

MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
How human brain development diverged from great apes more
MPI of Neurobiology
It takes more than a global impression to move a fish more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Diagnostics for everyone more
MPI for Astrophysics
An irresistible pull – when massive stars collide more
MPI of Neurobiology
When cells become cannibals more
MPI of Biochemistry
DNA-PAINT super-resolution microscopy at speed more

Job Offers

Master Thesis / Internship (m/f/d) - Upstream Process Development

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg
October 16, 2019

PhD positions (m/f/d) - quantum materials research

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden
October 14, 2019

Ph.D. student in optogenetics (m/f/d)

Associated Institute - Research Center caesar (center of advanced european studies and research), Bonn
October 14, 2019
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