Lise Meitner Excellence Program

Lise Meitner Excellence Program

From 2018, up to ten Lise Meitner Groups per year will be advertised to recruit and promote exceptionally qualified female scientists as part of this new excellence program.

The Max Planck Society has already initiated a number of measures to attract increasing numbers of women to a career in science and provide them with equal opportunities for all stages of their career. Now a new initiative has been launched: From 2018, up to ten further Lise Meitner Groups will be advertised to recruit and promote exceptionally qualified female scientists as part of the new Lise Meitner Excellence Program. There will be a multi-stage, competitive selection process, held in close consultation with interested Max Planck Institutes. The Lise Meitner Groups are furnished with their own resources for their entire duration of five years.

A position with prospects

Every new researcher in the Lise Meitner Excellence Program receives the offer to take part in the tenure track process, which – following a positive decision by the tenure committee – will lead to a permanent W2 post with group equipment. 

Moreover, the Lise Meitner Excellence Program is aimed at the future stars within a research field – at a very early stage in their scientific careers. Successful researchers will be included in the pool of outstandingly qualified candidates with the subsequent chance of becoming a director at a Max Planck Institute.

The Max Planck Society thus wants to identify and promote these outstanding talents and offer them transparent and attractive internal career perspectives.

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