Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) | Spectroscopy studies of complex processes in thermal catalysis and electrochemistry

 The Department of Interface Science headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrochemical reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials.

We are currently looking for a postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) for the Spectro-Microscopy group at the Department of Interface Science.

Project: Spectromicroscopy Studies of Complex Processes in Thermal Catalysis and Electrochemistry

The group operates an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) based aberrations corrected and energy filtered Low Energy and Photoemission Electron Microscopy (LEEM/PEEM) at the UE49PGM-SMART high flux soft x-ray beamline at BESSY-II. This spectromicroscope is used to characterize catalytically active surfaces such as single crystal surfaces, oxide films and supported nanoparticles (NP) and to follow in real time and in situ processes such as epitaxial film growth, thermal reactions in a pressure range up to 10-5 mbar and phase transitions. Various special equipment are connected to the microscope allowing for quasi in situ processes like UHV based plasma treatment, chemical reactions in near ambient pressure (NAP) and electrochemistry. The instrument excels at (1) the comprehensive characterization by combing various microscopy, diffraction and spectroscopy tools at high lateral and energy resolution of up to 2.6 nm and 180 meV, respectively, (2) high and tunable surface sensitivity between 0.3 and 3 nm, (3) high chemical sensitivity (elemental composition, chemical state) and structural sensitivity (surface reconstruction of absorbed species, crystallinity, surface facet orientation) and (4) fast acquisition of the full field image (higher than video rate). Furthermore, the group operates a pure LEEM/PEEM microscope which is equipped with a high-pressure cell (HPC) to quasi in situ study chemical reactions on catalytically active surfaces with reactive gases in a pressure range up to 20 bar. The third instrument is a NAP-LEEM/PEEM which is dedicated to observe in real time thermal reaction in the mbar range.    

The selected candidate can choose to pursue their main project in either thermal catalysis or electrocatalysis. Besides the main project, the candidate is expected to work in a team on diverse projects from collaborations (within the ISC Department and Catlab projects), and also support the experiments of the external users at the SMART beamline. Your challenge will be to improvise the methodologies of measurements and analysis towards varied samples and reactions following an initial training of the spectromicroscope.

The PostDoc position is initially for one year but can be extended up to three years.

Requirements

We expect candidates to have:

  • A PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics or Physical Chemistry, preferably with a specialization in electrochemistry or surface science.
  • A strong publication record in renowned peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge about surface science techniques like e.g. XPS, NEXAFS, LEED, PEEM, LEEM, TDS.
  • Experience at performing complex UHV or electrochemistry experiments with a high drive to solve scientific and practical/instrumental challenges independently.
  • Experience working at synchrotron light sources (preferred, but not required).
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Collaborative spirit and excellent English skills.

Application

Please submit your application via our online application portal as soon as possible but by the latest August 31, 2022 including the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Names and email addresses of three references

Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society aims to increase the participation of women in research. Therefore, applications by women are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Berlin

The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

The BESSY-II synchrotron light source of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is one of the worldwide leading soft x-ray light source and is located in the south-east of Berlin. The FHI is a cooperative research partner and operates a few beamlines and endstations at BESSY.

For more information, please contact

Dr. Thomas Schmidt ()

Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) PD 16/22 | Neuropsychology

 The Department of Neuropsychology (Director: A.D. Friederici) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS, Leipzig, Germany) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) in evolutionary diffusion MRI brain connectivity.

The position is initially offered for two years in the collaborative project “Evolution of Brain Connectivity” between the MPI CBS, the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the Institute for Cognitive Sciences of the CNRS in Lyon, France. The research project focuses on the evolutionary trajectory of brain connectivity between nonhuman primates and humans. MRI data of the brain is collected in an ethical and sustainable manner from nonhuman primates that died naturally in the wild, in sanctuaries and zoos. The newly established post-mortem diffusion MRI (dMRI) protocol provides data of unpreceded resolution and quality and allows us to address new questions related to evolution.

The successful candidate will work in an international and multidisciplinary team, focusing on the comparative analysis of language-related fiber pathways. By combining existing behavioral and brain connectivity data of wild chimpanzees and other primates, the position allows a unique possibility to study the function-structure association from an individual and phylogenetic perspective. In addition, the wide range of collected primate species will allow the creation of sophisticated models of brain evolution and of the function of neural fiber connections in the brain.

In close collaboration, the position also includes dMRI data acquisition of newly collected brain samples. The ideal candidate should have a sound methodological background in image processing, dMRI analysis, and tractography with available tools (e.g., FSL, MRTrix), as well as good programming skills (e.g., Bash, Matlab, Python, R), and experience in statistical modeling using behavioral data. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in computer science, engineering, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field, demonstrate an academic record including international publications, and be highly proficient in spoken and written English. Previous experience and a strong interest in evolutionary brain research and modeling are desired.

The position is available immediately. The duration of the post is 2 years. Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society (TVöD Bund E13). Social benefits correspond to those of the civil service.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society strives for gender equity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit your application via our online application system (subject heading “PD 16/22”). The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Leipzig is a vibrant city that has been called “Germany’s new cultural hot spot” by the Guardian and listed as one of the 52 places to go in 2020 by the New York Times. It has a long-standing history of classical music, academic education, and — more recently — modern arts. With its many parks, forests, canals and lakes, Leipzig is a perfect place for recreation, sports, and leisure time. It is located a one-hour train ride south of Berlin.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. A. Anwander  for more details concerning the position.

PhD positions (m/f/d) | Applied algebra and geometry

 The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI MiS) is a research center for pure and applied mathematical research located in Leipzig, Germany. The institute is committed to innovative fundamental research, and to transferring concepts and structures from mathematics into other academic fields. The broader scientific environment in Leipzig includes two other Max Planck Institutes (Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Anthropology) as well as the University of Leipzig.

The projects are offered by the Numerical Nonlinear Algebra group (led by Simon Telen), the Tropical Geometry and Computer Algebra group (led by Marta Panizzut), and the Algebraic Statistics group (led by Eliana Duarte). We seek outstanding students who enjoy working in a collaborative environment. Applicants should have a degree in mathematics or related fields with an interest in algebra, geometry and computation.

The starting date is flexible. We encourage interested students to contact the group leaders directly for more detailed information.

We strive for gender and ethnic diversity and are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in our workforce. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Successful applicants will be offered great research opportunities in an excellent working environment. Close interaction with other research groups at the institute, in particular with the nonlinear algebra group of prof. Bernd Sturmfels, will be possible and encouraged.

How to apply

The closing date for applications for these positions is 15th August 2022. Submissions of applications proceed through an electronic form. This form will be hosted by Opencampus.net, a German company, so while clicking to the links you will be directed to their server:

  1. Start your application - registration
  2. Continue your application, check status

Applicants have to indicate one or more possible Phd advisors among a list of supervisors of the institute. Applying for this call, you need to choose at least one of the following names: Eliana Duarte, Marta Panizzut, Simon Telen.

Please submit the following documents:

  • CV
  • transcript of examination results
  • a copy of the master thesis (if applicable)
  • names and contact data of two or more academic teachers willing to write a letter of recommendation.

Applicants are asked to check that the recommendation letters have been uploaded by their referees also through the electronic form provided above before the corresponding closing date. For students who did not write a master thesis there are qualifying grants available as an entrance level to the research school. The decision of the selection committee will be communicated approximately six weeks after the closing dates.

If you have any questions please contact one of , .

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (m/f/d) | isoTROPIC Research Group

 The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 in an effort to explore fundamental questions about human evolution and history since the Palaeolithic and currently hosts mulitple independent research groups.

The isoTROPIC Research Group is a permanent Max Planck Independent Research Group opened at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in 2022 and is  pleased to announce a new open vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher position exploring human history in the tropics. The fulltime position will be for a period of up to 3 years and based in Jena, Germany.

Your tasks

The successful candidate will play a central role in the Research Group and its outputs. This call is for an open postdoctoral position and candidates should submit a 3-page proposal (in addition to their CV) that addresses the above questions in line with the facilities and methodologies utilised within the isoTROPIC group. Candidates should make clear the connection of their planned work with at least one of the three main project areas of the isoTROPIC group: 

  1. Deep Human History in the Tropics
  2. Past Human Impacts on the Tropics and Connected Earth Systems
  3. Uniting Tropical Heritage and Future Policy

As part of the isoTROPIC group, candidates will build on a long history of Germany-based scientific exploration of the tropics. Today, the isoTROPIC group sits at the nexus of three Max Planck Institutes in Jena, and has close connections to the Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum, Potsdam and University of Cologne, institutions all united by an interest in tropical pasts, presents, and futures. Candidates will have opportunities to work with other Independent Groups and the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, as well as a series of international partners.

Candidate qualifications

The ideal applicant will have a strong background in Archaeological Science, Geology, Geography, Ecology, Environmental Archaeology, Earth Sciences, or Remote Sensing or a strong track record of exploration of tropical human history. In-depth practical experience of at least one of the methodologies and facilities available within the isoTROPIC group and the MPI-SHH more widely (archaeological excavation, zooarchaeology, stable isotope analysis, LiDAR remote sensing, palaeoenvironmental coring and analysis, earth systems modelling) is also essential. Other prerequisites include evidence of strong oral and written communication skills, including a high-quality publication record. Willingness to work as part of a team, travel to field sites in the tropics for extended periods of time, and the ability to complete tasks in a timely and structured fashion are also necessities.

Essential:

  • PhD in Archaeological Science, Geology, Geography, Ecology, Environmental Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Remote Sensing or a similar discipline
  • Hands on, practical experience exploring human history in the tropics from an archaeological or palaeoenvironmental perspective
  • Practical and theoretical experience with at least one of the methods being applied by the isoTROPIC group (archaeological excavation, stable isotope analysis, LiDAR remote sensing, palaeoenvironmental coring and analysis, earth systems modelling)
  • Experience in working in the field for extended periods of time.

Advantageous:

  • A track record of archaeological, palaeoenvironmental, remote sensing, or modelling experience in the tropics
  • Experience with archaeological, historical, remote sensing, or palaeoenvironmental datasets
  • Experience in linking records of past human-environment interactions to contemporary challenges
  • Experience in leading and coordinating fieldwork teams and post-fieldwork analysis
  • Outreach skills in the context of communicating heritage or palaeonvironmental data to a non-academic interest group audience

What we offer

The position offers a unique opportunity to develop cutting edge research in the city of Jena that is renowned for its position at the intersection of Biogeochemical, Ecological, and Archaeological research. The Max Planck Society promotes these multidisciplinary connections and this position offers the candidate the possibility of making the most of such networks and to become a leader in novel approaches to the utilization of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental datasets in the tropics.

The position will ideally begin on the 1st of November 2022 though some flexibility in start date is possible. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply. We are also committed to encouraging diversity and actively challenging biases based on gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and other components of identity.

The Max Planck Society is supporting the compatibility of family and career and is certified according to the "berufundfamilie" (“job and family”) audit.

Renumeration will follow the public service pay scale (TVöD), according to the candidate’s qualifications and experience up to paygroup 13. In addition, social benefits are offered as per the regulations of the German Civil Service, f.e. occupational pension and subsidies for public transport.

Your application

Please submit your application (which should include a cover letter, a 3-page project proposal, CV of no more than 3 pages, list of publications with a maximum of 10 relating to the topic, and any relevant certificates) by August the 31st. You are also required to submit three references which are also due by August the 31st. Please submit your application as a single pdf file in English using our application tool.

For more information, please contact .

Technician (m/f/d) | Remote Sensing | isoTROPIC Research Group

 The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 in an effort to explore fundamental questions about human evolution and history since the Palaeolithic and currently hosts multiple independet research groups.

The isoTROPIC Research Group is a permanent Max Planck Independent Research Group opened at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in 2022 and is looking for a technician / technical assistant (m/f/d) in remote sensing in the tropics. The fulltime position will be based in Jena, Germany and will run for a period of up to 2 years with the possibility of extension.

Your tasks

The successful candidate will play a central role in the Research Group and its outputs. We seek a candidate to coordinate the purchasing of a drone and LiDAR equipment, the day-to-day maintenance and up-keep of this equipment, travelling and arranging of permits for the transport and use of this equipment in different parts of the tropics, and the deployment of the equipment in the field. The candidate should be keen to assist with ambitious research projects and be able to work diligently, meet deadlines, and also assist students and researchers in practical applications of LiDAR technology.

Previous practical experience with the flying of large drones and LiDAR/remote sensing analysis is an absolute requirement. Candidates should be able to assist with:

  1. Day-to-day operation and maintenance of a drone system equipped with a state-of-the-art survey-grade LiDAR sensor, as well as GNSS ground stations.
  2. Overseeing the entire pipeline for LiDAR acquisitions, from mission planning, through acquisition and processing to advanced analytics and data storage.
  3. Supporting PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in developing drone and LiDAR skills and interpreting data.

Your qualifications

Essential:

  • Practical experience in remote sensing and LiDAR
  • Practical experience in GNSS survey, ground control and geomatics
  • Practical experience in drone operation and maintenance
  • Experience in an academic/research environment
  • Commitment and responsibility while working with research material
  • Experience working in the field for extended periods of time and organizing permits
  • Strong knowledge of written and oral English

Advantageous:

  • Knowledge of LiDAR applications to the tropics
  • Professional UAV pilot’s license
  • Previous experience as a technician
  • Interest in LiDAR data analysis, quality assurance and management
  • Knowledge of written and oral German

What we offer

We offer a unique opportunity to develop cutting edge research in the city of Jena that is renowned for its position at the intersection of Biogeochemical, Ecological, and Archaeological research. The Max Planck Society promotes these multidisciplinary connections and this position offers the candidate the possibility of making the most of such networks and to be a part of groundbreaking approaches to the utilization of archaeological datasets in the tropics. The candidate will work closely with isoTROPIC partners at the École française d'Extrême-Orient, Paris.

The position will ideally begin on the 1st of November 2022 though some flexibility in start date is possible. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply.

We are also committed to encouraging diversity and actively challenging biases based on gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and other components of identity.

The Max Planck Society is supporting the compatibility of family and career and is certified according to the "berufundfamilie" (“job and family”) audit.

Renumeration will follow the public service pay scale (TVöD), according to the candidate’s qualifications and experience up to paygroup 11. In addition, social benefits are offered as per the regulations of the German Civil Service, f.e. occupational pension and subsidies for public transport.

Your application

Please submit your application (which should include a cover letter, CV of no more than 3 pages, list of experience and publications, and any relevant certificates) by August the 31st. You are also required to submit two references which are also due by August the 31st. Please submit your application as a single pdf file in English using our application tool.

For more information, please contact 

Post-Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Labor Demography

 The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is seeking to appoint a full-time post-doctoral researcher to join the Research Group on Labor Demography.

We welcome applications from researchers with a PhD in demography, sociology, economics, statistics, epidemiology, or a similar field. The successful candidate will work on a project aimed at understanding which factors are shaping the length of working life, and they will develop their own agenda within this project. We are seeking creative, self-driven, and collaborative scholars. Strong quantitative analysis skills are required. Knowledge of R or Stata is an advantage, as is experience with longitudinal data analysis, causal inference, or labor market research.

We provide a stimulating research-oriented community, an excellent infrastructure, and opportunities to work with exciting datasets. The successful applicant will be offered a contract for up to 4 years with remuneration commensurate to experience (starting from approx. 57,000 EUR gross per year for researchers who have just completed their PhD, up to approx. 71,000 EUR gross per year for more senior scientists), based on the salary structure of the German public sector (Öffentlicher Dienst, TVöD Bund). It is expected that successful applicants will be in residence at the MPIDR. Support for relocation costs is available.

Please apply online via our application portal and include in a single PDF file:

  1. Letter of interest (max. 1 page)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (max. 3 pages, focusing on your most relevant achievements)
  3. A writing example (e.g., one of your publications)
  4. Contact information for up to 2 academic referees

In order to receive full consideration, please apply by August 15. Interviews are planned for September. The exact starting date is flexible. Applicants should have completed their doctoral degree; however, PhD students who expect to obtain their degree in 2022 or early 2023 may apply.

For inquiries about the position, please contact .

The MPIDR is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of 86 institutes that form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, social sciences and the humanities. They offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.

The Max Planck Society offers a broad range of measures to support the reconciliation of work and family. These are complemented by the MPIDR’s own initiatives. For more information, see Reconciliation of work and family.

In addition, there are a range of central initiatives and measures primarily geared towards helping young female researchers and mothers to advance their career. See Career Development for some examples.

We value diversity and are keen to employ individuals from minorities and under-represented groups.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Research Scientist (m/f/d) | Integrated Photonics

 The Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle (Saale), Germany, Department of Nanophotonics, Integration and Neural Technology, led by Director Prof. Joyce Poon, is recruiting a Research Scientist (m/f/d) in Integrated Photonics to conduct innovative projects on display engines, neurotechnology and optical computing. The mission of our department os to invent devices and microsystems for future computing. English is the working language at the Institute.

Your tasks

  • Train and supervise students and postdocs to complete projects in integrated photonics on silicon
  • Establish and run research projects on photonic devices and systems that use foundry manufacturing, ideally leveraging the silicon photonics foundry partnerships and wafer runs in the department
  • Integrate photonic chips into microsystems that include, for example, electronics, physical optical components and microfluidics
  • Interact and collaborate with external partners and suppliers as necessary
  • Prepare and submit grant proposals to support new projects as necessary

Your profile

  • You hold a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering or applied physics with a minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience
  • You have expert knowledge in the simulation, design, layout and characteriziation of integrated photonic devices and systems (both active and passive)
  • You are experienced with the design-fab-test cycles using silicon photonic foundries
  • You have a demonstrated track-record of research productivity and impact (as evidenced by publications in leading journals and conferences, awards, intellectual property)
  • You are intellectually curious and a fast learner
  • You are an effective team player who excels in a fast-paced, highly dynamic, interdisciplinary and international environment
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We offer

  • State-of-the-art lab facilities for integrated photonics research
  • The opportunity to lead and initiate research projects using the latest integrated photonic technologies
  • The opportunity to interact with a wide network of international collaborators
  • Remuneration and social benefits at TVoeD E15 level (German Civil Servant pay scale)
  • Fixed-term contract initially for 3 years, with the potential of extension
  • Start date: as early as possible

Your application

  • Please upload your CV, publication list, a summary of your research accomplishments (2 pages max.) and  a description of your research plans (3 pages max.) and the names of 2 references as a single pdf file to GWDG ownCloud before September 30, 2022. Please name your file with your name as lastname_firstname.pdf (your file has been successfully uploaded if you see your filename under “Uploaded files” after your submission).
  • If you encounter problems with the upload, please email 
  • For more information about our department, please visit https://www.mpi-halle.mpg.de/NINT

The Max Planck Society aims to employ more persons with disabilities. applications from persons with disabilities are encouraged. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underepresented and therefore encourages women to apply.

Administrator (m/f/d) for third-party funds and travel expenses

 The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in Jena is dedicated to interdisciplinary basic research in the field of earth system sciences with a focus on climate and ecosystems. The internationally renowned institute, which currently employs around 230 people, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2022. Jena is known for high-tech industry, internationally renowned research institutions and a modern university. But it also has a beautiful natural setting in the green Saale valley with steep limestone slopes. The city of Jena has an active student scene and a diverse cultural life. We are looking for as soon as possible an administrator (m/f/d) for third-party funds and travel expenses in part-time with 0.75 FTE, initially limited for 2 years, subsequent extension possible.

Background and position description:

The administration service group comprises the areas of personnel, accounting, purchasing, incoming and outgoing goods, third-party funds, travel expenses and reception with currently 14 employees and one trainee. The successful candidate will work in a team of 4 third party funding officers and 1 travel expenses officer. S/he will work closely with scientists, some of whom are international, whose needs s/he will be able to grasp quickly due to his/her knowledge of German and English and, if necessary, other languages, and implement them in accordance with legal requirements and guidelines. The main focus of the position is in the area of third-party funding; applicants who already have experience in the area of travel expenses are particularly welcome; familiarisation with the administration of third-party funding will be provided by colleagues. Long-term employment is possible in case of successful familiarization with the tasks.

Your tasks:

  • Administrative initiation, implementation and accounting/auditing of externally funded research collaborations and projects of national and international funding agencies and MPG projects, including the preparation of interim and final reports and the preparation of external audits of the use of funds
  • Administrative coordination of partners in externally funded research consortia or externally funded projects of national and international funding agencies and MPG projects
  • Administrative processing of overarching tasks including coordination with the areas of personnel, purchasing, accounting and general administration; support in the further development of administrative processes
  • Advising researchers on administrative issues related to project application, implementation and accounting
  • Administrative processing of business trips according to the Federal Travel Expenses Act with a focus on domestic business trips
  • Ensuring the exchange of information and data with the Travel Centre of the Max Planck Society
  • Processing of the AirPlus credit card statement

Your profile:

  • Successfully completed vocational training as an office administrator or comparable qualifications
  • Knowledge and experience in the administrative initiation, implementation and accounting of externally funded projects in the field of national and international research funding; knowledge of the legal requirements of the MPG as well as national and international funding bodies
  • Knowledge and experience in the processing of business trips in accordance with the Federal Travel Expenses Act (Bundesreisekostengesetz) and the general administrative regulation on the Federal Travel Expenses Act (BRKG), including the first and second amendments to this administrative regulation
  • Knowledge of the German and English languages, both written and spoken
  • Knowledge of SAP

Our offer:

Part-time work is generally possible. If the requirements of the collective agreement are fulfilled, the job will be grouped according to EG 9a TVöD Bund; in addition, we will grant a pension based on the public service (VBL). The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. It wants to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from all fields. The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly encouraged.

Your application:

The head of administration, Dr Matthias Braun (), will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Have we aroused your interest? Then please send us your application with cover letter, curriculum vitae as well as names and contact information of two references by e-mail summarised in a PDF file (max. 10 MB) by August 02, 2022. quoting the reference number 27/2022. to  or to the

Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie
Personalbüro: Kennwort "Sachbearbeiter Drittmittel und Reisekosten"
Hans-Knöll-Straße 10
07745 Jena
Deutschland

We kindly ask you not to use application folders, but to submit copies only, as your documents will be destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations after the application process has been completed. We look forward to receiving your application!

PhD Student (f/m/d) | Microtubule nanomechanics and turnover under cell-like physical constraints

 The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is a leading international research institute of exceptional scientific breadth. With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees from over 50 nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.

The Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics is inviting applications for a PhD Student (f/m/d) – Microtubule nanomechanics and turnover under cell-like physical constraints – supervised by Dr. Maxim Igaev. The three-year PhD project involves massively parallel, atomistic and coarse-grained modeling to study the dynamic and mechanic properties of microtubule filaments subject to external forces by space constraints or other cellular factors.

Your profile

Eligible candidates have strong basic skills in either or all of the following disciplines: computational (bio)physics, structural biology, statistical mechanics, and scientific computing. They hold (or expect to complete soon) a Master’s or equivalent degree in any of these or a related field. A keen interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups is preferable.

What we offer

  • A wide range of offers to help you balance work and family life: on-campus kindergarten places including vacation care, parent-child offices, etc.;
  • Further training opportunities and free in-house language courses;
  • Spacious campus cafeteria with a wide range of meals (including vegan/vegetarian ones);
  • Health management: free fitness and yoga rooms, sports groups, "active break" courses;
  • Initiatives for sustainability and a green environment with a new biotope.

The group language is English, so no German language skills are required – but it is a great opportunity for you to learn German!

Position Details

Payment and benefits based on the German Public Service (TVöD Bund) guidelines. The starting date is flexible.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and, therefore, encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society strives for diversity and gender equality and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

Application

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please submit your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), a CV (with a publication list, if applicable), and transcripts (translated in English or German, if applicable) preferably via e-mail and as a single PDF file to: .

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Department of Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Dr. Maxim Igaev
Am Faßberg 11
37077 Göttingen
Germany

Scientific Coordinator (m/f/d) | Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System for Germany Project

 The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in Jena is dedicated to interdisciplinary fundamental research in the field of Earth system sciences with a focus on climate and ecosystems. The internationally renowned institute, which currently employs around 230 people, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2022. Jena is known for high-tech industry, internationally renowned research institutions and a modern university, but it also has a beautiful natural setting in the green Saale valley with steep limestone slopes. The city of Jena has an active student scene and a diverse cultural life. For the department of Biogeochemical Signals we are looking for a Scientific Coordinator (m/f/d) for the ITMS project in full-time, limited until 31.07.2026.

Background and position description

As part of several collaborative research projects funded by the BMBF, various research disciplines will contribute to setting up the Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System for Germany (ITMS). The aim of the ITMS is to enable Germany to monitor the sources and sinks of the three most important long-lived greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) operationally and with the help of independent measurements. The joint project ITMS-K (ITMS coordination) is concerned with the joint coordination of the various ITMS joint projects with the participation of the DWD (overall ITMS coordination), the KIT (coordination of the ITMS-Q&S (sources and sinks)), the University of Bremen (coordination of ITMS-B (observations)), and the MPI-BGC (coordination of ITMS-M (modelling)).
We are looking for a person with scientific understanding in the area of atmospheric greenhouse gases, who has the necessary skills to lead an interdisciplinary scientific project and ensure the communication of the results.

Your tasks

  • Collaboration with the PIs of the ITMS collaborative projects (MPI-BGC, DWD, U. Heidelberg, U. Bremen, KIT) to facilitate scientific interaction and communication between the multidisciplinary team of scientists
  • Presentation of the project at national and international events
  • Organisation of project meetings
  • Preparation of project reports, coordination of project reporting to the funding agency
  • Organization of a benchmarking system to evaluate the progress in the development of the GHG monitoring system

Your profile

  • PhD in a relevant field (geosciences, environmental sciences, meteorology)
  • Experience in the scientific coordination of complex interdisciplinary research projects
  • Knowledge in public relations and outreach  
  • Experience in the creation of websites
  • Experience in writing scientific and administrative reports and proposals
  • strong teamwork and intercultural skills as well as self-initiative and sense of responsibility
  • a goal-oriented, committing, structured way of working
  • Very good knowledge of the German and English languages, both written and spoken

Our offer

Part-time employment is possible. If the requirements of the collective agreement are met, the position will be grouped in accordance with TVöD Bund, with an expected grouping in E13; in addition, we grant a retirement pension based on the public service (VBL).

The Max Planck Society (MPS) strives for gender equality and diversity. The MPS aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from all fields. The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled persons are expressly encouraged.

Your application

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. habil. Christoph Gerbig () will be happy to answer your questions. Are you interested? Please send us your application with cover letter, curriculum vitae as well a s names and contact information of two references summarised in a PDF file (max. 10 MB) by e-mail to  or to the

Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie
Personalbüro: Kennwort “Wissenschaftlicher Koordinator”
Hans-Knöll-Straße 10
07745 Jena
Deutschland

by August 08, 2022, quoting the reference number 28/2022. We ask that you do not use application folders, but only submit copies, as your documents will be destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations after the application process has been completed. We look forward to receiving your application!

Technical Assistant (BTA, CTA, MTA) (m/f/d)

 In the lab of Prof. Ibrahim Cissé (Department of Biological physics) at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg is a Position as Technical Assistant (m/f/d) (BTA, CTA, MTA) available. The Cissé Lab develops Single Molecule and Super-resolution microscopy approaches to visualize gene expression and other processes in live cells, and to study protein clustering and the bimolecular condensation in transcription. The Department of Biological Physics currently houses state-of-the-art microscopes: including PALM/STORM, SIM, STED, Minflux, and Lattice light-sheet microscopes. The position is open immediately and initially funded for two years. 

Your tasks:

  • Provide weekly and regular maintenance of equipment
  • Provide training to users in the practical operation of equipment, fundamentals of image analysis, and facility policies
  • Work as a laser safety officer at our department
  • Independent implementation of projects and documentation after intensive training
  • General lab support

Your qualifications:

  • Completed vocational training as a technical assistant (BTA, CTA, MTA) or comparable
  • A background in Physics, Biophysics or equivalent experience desired
  • Prior experiences with mammalian tissue culture, labeling, and tracking endogenous single RNA and proteins are required
  • Strong familiarity with Super-resolution microscopy
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new technologies
  • Experience with, Zeiss ZEN, and Fiji/ImageJ software programs is desired
  • Fluency in both German and English languages

We offer:

Located in a region that connects Germany, France and Switzerland, our institute offers an international research environment with outstanding infrastructure facilities and a positive working atmosphere that places a high value on work-life balance.

  • Salary according to TVöD - Bund
  • Social benefits in line with public service
  • Professional training and development opportunities
  • Challenging work in a modern working environment
  • Family-friendly offers (affiliated day care center at the institute, parent-child room, breastfeeding room, pme family service)

We value and promote diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities, so we welcome applications from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from severely disabled people. We would also like to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore expressly encourage women to apply.

Application deadline:

Have we sparked your interest? Please apply with your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates via our online application portal by August 3rd, 2022.

Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Stübeweg 51
79108 Freiburg
Germany

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