Joining the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics as a Postdoc
In addition to the open positions advertised on the MPI-BP website, the Institute encourages unsolicited applications from postdocs interested in particular areas of research at the institute. These applicants should contact the relevant director or research group leader directly.
Progress interviews and individual reviews play an important role in the quality of training. Professionally advised by your academic supervisor and possibly by external career coaches, you can acquire specific scientific skills, gain managerial and teaching experience, analyse your own strengths and goals and actively plan your further career.
Advice is also provided on funding opportunities, for instance by tailored support for successful applications at a variety of German and European funding bodies.
While the MPI-BP is a research institute with no teaching obligations, interested scientists have the opportunity to gain teaching experience within the GRADE Program iQBio offered by Goethe University Frankfurt in which MPI-BP is a partner. Teaching experience is beneficial for those who wish to pursue a career in academic education such as at Universities.
Moreover, the MPI-BP organises courses and workshops dealing with career-related subjects, and it offers individual career guidance. In particular, the Max Planck Society has developed a further education programme specially tailored to meet the needs of postdocs. The workshops take place in-house or at Max Planck Institutes across Germany and are accessible to all.
“Career Steps” is the largest central event for postdocs in the Max Planck Society. It is held once a year, and the working language is English. The event is based on the recognition that an academic scientific background lends itself equally well to careers in both academic and industrial settings, and that these two areas complement one another. In seminars and working groups, postdocs are given an overview of how they can operate in the academic employment market and at the same time take advantage of non-academic career opportunities.
Our Postdoc Representative at Max Planck Institute of Biophysics:
The mission of the postdoc community can be summarised as:
- Foster interaction between postdocs, directors and scientists to enhance the research activities at the institute.
- Organisation of academic activities and events for career growth and stability.
- Connect with other postdoc communities and build networks within and outside of academia