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Lise Meitner Excellence Program

Posted: 3/5/2018 (Employment)

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. is an independent, non-profit research organization, whose goal is to promote top quality research at its institutes. The 83 research institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft conduct basic research in Biology and Medicine; Chemistry, Physics and Technology; and the Human Sciences, Social Sciences, Cognitive (Neuro)Sciences, and Law. The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft is particularly interested in supporting innovative and interdisciplinary research areas.

With its Lise Meitner Excellence Program, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft particularly addresses excellent female scientists in an early stage of their scientific career, who have already demonstrated a record of independent and innovative research ideas.

The successful candidates will be offered a Lise Meitner Group at a suitable Max Planck Institute for an initial period of five years. This includes a W2 position (equivalent to an assistant or associate professor level) and additional resources for research positions, as well as a budget to realize the project. The total funding for a Lise Meitner Group is competitive with top start-up packages in international career development programs.

The purpose of the Lise Meitner Excellence Program is to increase the number of female scientists on high-level positions, as they still underrepresented in the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Though principally open to all applicants, the program is primarily focused on the recruitment of highly qualified women (for details, visit the FAQ page).

The successful candidates will have the option to participate in a tenure track program that leads to a tenured W2 position and continued financial support of the research group after a successful evaluation.

Further career development is possible for these excellent female scientists, including the consideration for a prospective W3 position within the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.


Your application should include

  • a CV,
  • a list of publications,
  • copies of three publications,
  • a one-page summary of scientific achievements,
  • two letters of recommendation,
  • and a research plan.

For detailed information about the advertised positions please visit the Lise Meitner Excellence Program.

Please apply via our application website.

The deadline for applications is 4/18/2018

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Deadline: 04/18/2018

Location: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft