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Several PhD Positions (m/f/d) | Interfacial Ionics Group

 The Department of Interface Science headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute 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. 

The Interfacial Ionics group ( is looking for several PhD students in electrochemistry that are being hired as part of the ERC Starting Grant ORION. The projects cover ionic processes that occur inside the double layer at electrocatalyst-electrolyte interfaces. Reactions include NHand CH3OH oxidation, NO and CO2 reduction, as well as CO2 separation (for CO2 capture). Your main goal will be to study the ionic processes with fundamental electrochemistry and operando spectroscopy.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The PhD candidates are expected to graduate after three years.


We expect candidates to have a:

  • A strong MSc degree in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • Experience with Python, Matlab and/or Multiphysics simulations (e.g. COMSOL) is strongly preferred.
  • Experience at performing experiments with a high drive to solve scientific and instrumental challenges.
  • Excellent English skills.


Go to and submit your application via our online application portal as soon as possible but latest by October 1st, 2024 including the following documents:

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

Applicants are being evaluated within 1-2 weeks after submitting their documents. Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Sebastian Oener (), Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6,14195 Berlin

Max Planck Society

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 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.


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.

2 PhD Positions (m/f/d) | The Evolution of Behaviour in Darwin’s Dreamponds

 The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior at its sites in Constance and Radolfzell offers an international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment that opens up unique research opportunities. The goal of our basic research is to develop a quantitative and predictive understanding of the decisions and movements of animals in their natural environment.

The Behavioral Evolution Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior would like to fill the following positions with a starting date in September 2024: 2 PhD positions (m/f/d) "The evolution of behaviour in Darwin’s Dreamponds". These positions are fully funded for a period of 3 years with a possible 1 year extension. The workplace will be in Constance, Germany.

Our group

One of the most enduring questions in behavioural ecology is also, deceptively, one of the most simple; how does behaviour evolve? Despite a rich history of comparing morphological traits in evolutionary studies, our ability to measure and compare behaviour is complicated by the fact that behaviour has not only a ‘form’ (i.e. a physical structure) but also a function (i.e. the effect on the world), and the link between form and function can vary broadly depending on context. The Behavioural Evolution Lab at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior seeks to overcome these barriers through a combination of in situ field studies and emerging computational approaches to behavioural quantification and analyses. We seek to understand how behaviour changes over the course of evolution, how animals perceive and process information, and how environments – both social and physical – change and are changed by behaviour. Although we are traditional behavioural ecologists at heart, we borrow computational approaches developed for model laboratory systems like Drosophila and Zebrafish, and employ them in settings where animal behaviour has evolved – Lake Tanganyika, the Mediterranean Sea, coral reefs, and tropical rainforests. In this PhD, the student will combine sound evolutionary theory with emerging techniques including computer vision, automated tracking and decomposition of behaviour, and 3D reconstruction of environments, to understand the expression and value of behaviour in the places it naturally occurs. The PhD project will focus these approaches on the Lamprologine cichlids of Lake Tanganyika, where the student will generate quantitative metrics of behaviour that can be used in phylogenetic comparisons. In parallel, behavioural sequences will be recomposed in digital avatars to interrogate the functional consequences (or “meaning”) of behaviour, asking whether seemingly equivalent behaviours can be understood across species boundaries.

Project details

Research will involve experimental field work on cichlids in Lake Tanganyika, Zambia, but also use existing datasets. The specific components of the project are to 1) capture video of natural behaviour of cichlid fishes, 2) generate species-typical embeddings of the behavioural repertoire of each species, 3) use these behavioural embeddings to animate digital avatars and create “behavioural playbacks” to real fish, and 4) to create phylogenies of both the form and function of behaviour in cichlid fishes.

Your qualifications

We are seeking two PhD students, one focused on fieldwork and the other on computational approaches, but both will work in all project areas. As the project will involve many techniques, experience with one or more of SCUBA, tropical field work, 3D rendering, quantitative data analysis, or phylogenetic analysis is desirable. The position is fully funded for 3 years with the possibility of a one-year extension, and open to students of any nationality. The working language of the institute is English (German language skills are not a requirement). The candidate can start in September 2024 and will be a member of the International Max Planck Research School for Quantitative Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution (IMPRS-QBEE), a cooperative doctoral program between the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz.

Our offer

The successful candidate will become part of the International Max Planck Research School for Quantitative Behavior, Ecology & Evolution (IMPRS-QBEE). You will therefore work in a dynamic and highly international research environment. Our working language is English. The payment for the position is made in accordance with your experience and qualification within the salary group 13 of the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund).

The Max Planck Society endeavors to employ more severely disabled people. Applications of severely disabled persons are expressly welcome. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. For details see

How to apply

Are you interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your application until April 30, 2024 through our Online-Portal.

Please include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation / research statement (2 pages) addressing the following points:
    • Describe your main scientific interests, how they developed, and how they relate to the proposed research project.
      Explain what scientific questions most motivate you and why.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Academic transcripts for your BSc and MSc degrees (can be unofficial at this stage – official records will be required before acceptance)
  • Contact information for 2-3 personal reference.
  • A sample of your scientific writing (e.g. publication or manuscript in prep, thesis, term paper, etc.)

Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Alex Jordan .

Three PhD students (m/f/d) | Hidden Heritage of the European Union

 The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt/Main is a world leader in fundamental research on law. Its three research departments with more than 70 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialized library, and its numerous national and international co-operations make it the central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

We are looking to recruit from July 2024 onwards three PhD students (m/f/d) for the newly established research group “The Hidden Heritage of the European Union: the Legacy of the Law of the League of Nations” directed by Dr. Michel Erpelding.

The research group

Conventional accounts of European integration have often insisted on the novelty of the supranational law developed in that context, asserting its ‘sui generis’ character and highlighting its differences with earlier forms of international and regional integration. However, recent scholarship has questioned this view, noting that forms of supranational law and institutions already existed during the interwar period. This was the case within the League of Nations and its broader context, which included international(ized) institutions both in Europe (e.g. Danzig, Saar, Upper Silesia…) and in (semi-)colonial settings (e.g. League mandates, international cities, protectorates…). The research group’s central aim will be to identify the continuities and discontinuities between the law of these interwar institutions and the law developed within the context of European integration. To do so, it will not only look at the relevant institutions and the norms they generated, but also at the actors that developed and used these norms, whether as legal professionals or as ‘subaltern’ individuals or groups.

Possible research themes, which, ideally, should cover both the interwar period and the early stages of European integration, include:

  • the law and practice of/before/vis-à-vis supranational institutions (including courts);
  • the protection and representation of labour;
  • the role of the International Chamber of Commerce;
  • the relation between regional integration and global trade liberalization.

Job description

Your key responsibility is to develop and complete a doctoral dissertation within the confines of the research group’s central aim, possibly (but not exclusively) in relation to one of the abovementioned research themes. You are also expected to publish and disseminate your research findings in close co-operation with the other members of the research group, including by contributing data to an online repository.

Your profile

A university degree in law, humanities or social sciences that has been completed with above-average success is required. You have an excellent command of English, both spoken and written and are proficient in either French or German. Knowledge of other languages relevant to the project (e.g. Arabic, Italian, Polish, Spanish…) is not a requirement but will be considered as an asset.

Your curriculum vitae shows the potential to conduct research at an internationally high level. You work meticulously and are able to handle deadlines. You work independently and have a strong interest in interdisciplinary, archival and comparative work. You have the ability to play an active collaborative role in the research group.

Our offer

We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. The payment is currently 3,000 € per month (gross), which equals approximately 2,045 € after taxes, depending on family circumstances, plus a special annual payment. The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). While you will be based in Frankfurt/Main, there are generous opportunities for mobile working (at present, up to 40 per cent per month). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances. There is no obligation or expectation to teach, although we encourage you to take up limited teaching assignments if you wish to do so.

You will have unlimited access to our world leading library and a multitude of databases. You will be provided with a work space and will receive extensive academic and administrative support. There are generous grants for research trips to archives and libraries, as well as for attending conferences. A variety of personal and career development opportunities is available, including funding for German language classes.

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

Application process

The application should be in English or German or French and should contain the following documents:

  • Cover letter naming your research project and explaining to what extent your profile meets the selection criteria
  • Names and addresses (by post and electronically) of three scientists who have agreed to issue you with a letter of reference
  • Detailed CV containing a list of any publications you might have
  • Copies of your school leaver’s certificate and degree certificate
  • Preliminary research project (up to five pages) fitting within the confines of the research group’s central aim
  • Written sample of approx. 20 printed pages (e.g. master thesis sample, journal articles, book chapters, etc.)

Your application must be submitted online via our application portal by the closing date of 1st May, 2024.

Please provide your referees with all your application documents and ask them to send their references direct to  no later than 1st May, 2024. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong candidates will be invited for an interview.


Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Michel Erpelding (). For questions as to the terms and conditions of employment please contact Ms. Anna Heym ().

PhD student or Postdoc (f/m/d) | Specificity mechanisms of ubiquitin ligase complexes


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 research group Ubiquitin Signaling Specificity (Dr. Sonja Lorenz) invites applications for the position as a PhD student or Postdoc (f/m/d) - Specificity mechanisms of ubiquitin ligase complexes.

Our laboratory aims to understand how the posttranslational modifier ubiquitin regulates myriad aspects of eukaryotic physiology. A major key lies in the action of ubiquitin ligases, a highly diversified enzyme class that recognizes specific substrates for ubiquitination and determines the types of modifications they are decorated with. The immense potential of ubiquitin ligases for therapeutic applications has been illustrated by the clinical efficacy of immunomodulatory drugs in the treatment of hematological malignancies and recent advances of Protacs/molecular glues. Yet, efficient targeting of ubiquitin ligases in the clinic is still hampered by our limited understanding of their structural mechanisms and integration into cellular pathways.

We offer PhD or Postdoc positions to explore structure-function relationships in ubiquitin ligases. Building on strong preliminary data, available projects focus on (i) the isolation/ biochemical reconstitution of ubiquitin ligases complexes with substrates and regulators for cryo-EM analyses; (ii) the cell-based identification of ubiquitin ligase complexes and functional analyses; (iii) solution NMR analyses of the regulation and conformational dynamics of ubiquitination enzymes. Our projects typically combine several of the above-mentioned techniques and can be tailored to the particular interests of the successful candidate. An example of our ongoing work.

PhD candidates should hold/soon expect a MSc or equivalent degree in a relevant area of the life sciences. Initial experience in one or more of the following techniques is desired: protein biochemistry, mammalian cell biology, or any aspect of structural biology.

Postdoctoral candidates should have/soon expect a PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant area of the life sciences. A proven track record in either cryo EM or solution NMR, including experience in protein purification/isolation of protein complexes.

The successful candidates for either position should be curiosity-driven, creative, and passionate about science. A high degree of self-motivation and independence is important, as well as the ability to communicate well within an international, multidisciplinary team.

We offer

  • competitive research in an inspiring, world-class environment
  • professional training, networking and career-development opportunities; free language courses
  • on-site health management: free fitness and yoga room, sports groups, beach volleyball league,
    and courses for a "moving lunch break”
  • a wide range of opportunities to balance work and family life, including an on-campus kindergarten and
    vacation care
  • spacious on-site cafeteria offering warm meals and a salad bar
  • initiatives for sustainability and a green environment, including an on-site biotope

About us

Based at one of Germany’s premier research campuses, our research group has access to leading-edge infrastructure in all areas of cell and structural biology, including cryo-EM. We are an international team, supported by the Max Planck Society, the German Research Foundation, and the EMBO Young Investigator Program. Our working language is English; knowledge of German is not required. The historic city of Göttingen, located in the center of Germany, offers great outdoor and cultural opportunities, a vibrant student scene, and an impressive scientific heritage.

Position details

The positions should be filled as soon as possible; the exact start date is flexible. PhD students will be funded for three years (with a possibility of extension) and have the opportunity to enroll in one of several PhD programs in collaboration with the University of Göttingen. Fast-track MSc/PhD students are also welcome to apply. Postdoc positions are initially funded for two years with a possibility of extension. Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD (wage agreement for public service personnel) guidelines.

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


Please submit your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, academic transcripts, publication list, and the contact addresses of two preferably references as a single PDF file to the email address below. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Research Group Ubiquitin Signaling Specificity
Dr. Sonja Lorenz
Am Faßberg 11
37077 Göttingen

Five PhD positions in Molecular and Chemical Ecology and Evolution

 The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) "Chemical Communication in Ecological Systems" in Jena, Germany, invites applications for 5 PhD positions beginning in September 2024 – January 2025. The overarching research topic is the use of molecular, chemical and neurobiological techniques to experimentally explore ecological interactions under natural conditions. The main focus is on the relationship between plants, microbes and herbivores, and their environment, as well as the evolutionary and behavioral consequences of these interactions. We offer 11 exciting projects focusing on different organisms and approaches. Complete list of projects offered including project descriptions.

We are looking for enthusiastic PhD students with strong interests in the above-described central topic. Applicants should have or be about to obtain a Masters or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: entomology, neurobiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, and mathematics and computer science. All our projects are highly integrative and require willingness to closely collaborate with researchers of different backgrounds.

The Research School is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the Friedrich Schiller University. We offer state-of-the art equipment, an excellent research environment, supervision by a thesis committee and a structured training program including scientific courses, training in transferable and outreach skills and participation in research symposia. Successful candidates will receive a Max Planck support contract. There are no tuition fees and the working language is English.

Application deadline is April 19, 2024.

Detailed information on the IMPRS, projects offered and application requirements.

Please apply via our online application portal.

Projects offered in 2024

Please find below a list of projects we offer for this year's recruitment. All projects are highly integrative and require the collaboration between different research groups. Applicants can identify up to three projects of interest.

List of projects

PhD Position (m/f/d) | Biological Physics MPRG Zwicker

 The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization is an international research institute in Göttingen, Germany. It performs both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 300 people. 

For the independent research group “Theory of Biological Fluids” headed by Dr. David Zwicker we seek to fill a Ph.D. position (m/f/d) in Biological Physics.

The research

The research group aims to understand how biological organisms organize soft material. They currently focus on the organization principles of liquid-like droplets in biological cells, but they are also interested in broader questions in biological physics. Their work generally combines analytical insight from simple systems with more detailed numerical simulations to unveil biological design principles. Additionally, they build tailored models to interpret experimental data of collaborators.

We offer multiple possible projects on these topics of theoretical biophysics. The successful candidate may also shape their own research direction.

Your profile

We are looking for an excellent, enthusiastic, and self-motivated early-career researchers with good communication skills to join our research team.

The Ph.D. candidate should have:

  • A Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines from a recognized university
  • Interest in biological physics, soft matter, statistical physics, and complex systems (but previous experience is not required)
  • Strong quantitative skills (data analysis and programming)
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and apply established ones
  • Good command of the English language

Our offer

We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international and interdisciplinary research environment. Salary and working hours follow the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists: Working hours are fulltime; salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund. A structured Ph.D. program is offered in the graduate program of the Physics Department, or in the graduate program on the Physics of Biological and Complex Systems in close collaboration with the Georg August University in Göttingen. The Ph.D. position is for three years initially and 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. 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.

Your application

Please apply online and submit a cover letter, a CV, and contacts of two referees. Your cover letter should briefly describe your research interests, what excites you, and why you want to join our group. Applications received before 1st of May 2024 will be given full consideration. Written applications will not be sent back.

Please contact: Dr. David Zwicker,  should you have further questions.

Max Planck Institute for
Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. David Zwicker
Am Faßberg 17
D-37077 Göttingen

Five PhD Positions (m/f/d) | Physical Chemistry

 The International Max Planck Research School for Elementary Processes in Physical Chemistry (IMPRS-EPPC) at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society offers 5 PhD Positions (m/f/d) in Physical Chemistry.

The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin-Dahlem is one of the oldest and renowned research institutes within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's most successful scientific organization for fundamental research. At the FHI, researchers from all over the world are engaged in basic research in the field of chemical physics at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research and molecular physics.

The in 2021 established graduate school IMPRS-EPPC in Berlin is offering 5 PhD positions for research projects to be carried out with any of the participating research groups at the FHI, the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Universität Potsdam. The positions are linked to membership in the IMPRS-EPPC, and will be co-funded between the IMPRS-EPPC and the respective research groups.

The IMPRS-EPPC is a graduate school funded by the MPG and hosted at the FHI in Berlin. The research within the School focuses on understanding the elementary process steps in physical chemistry problems, ultimately leading to functionality, ranging from single molecules chemistry on surfaces or in the gas phase to ultrafast surface dynamics and complex catalyst performance. All departments of the FHI as well as expert groups from physics and chemistry of all Berlin and Potsdam universities channel their respective efforts under the roof of the IMPRS-EPPC. For details see:

Research projects

Candidates should propose a specific research project in Physical Chemistry and related fields, to be carried out with any of the participating research groups, see:


The position is initially limited to three years (extension possible) with a starting salary corresponding to a 66,67% TVöD/E13, Level 1, position. The positions will be co-funded between the IMPRS-EPPC (1st year) and the respective research group (remainder of the contract).

For more information please visit our website at or contact us:

IMPRS-EPPC, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49-30-8413-5102

Your application

Applications will be accepted only through the online application form. The application deadline is April 30, 2024. Highly motivated applicants should hold an excellent Master’s degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry, material science or related fields. For details of the application requirements please see:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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 gender diversity in research and therefore explicitly encourages women and non-binary people to apply.

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Several PhD Positions (m/f/d) | Interfacial Ionics Group

  The Department of Interface Science   headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute c...