Postdoctoral Program

Postdoctoral Program

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.

Career Development

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.

Postdoc Community

Our Postdoc Representatives at Max Planck Institute of Biophysics:

Julian Langer

Julian Langer

julian.langer@biophys.mpg.de
+49 (0)69 6303-1062

Roberto Covino

Roberto Covino

robert.covino@biophys.mpg.de
+49 (0)69 6303-2509

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

External Postdoc Fellowships currently held at the Institute

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Fellowship

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Fellowship

Yongchan Lee (Structural Biology: Kühlbrandt Lab) 


<p>Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship</p>

Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship

Mateusz Sikora (Theoretical Biophysics: Hummer Lab)


Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Investigator: Sonya Hanson (Theoretical Biophysics: Hummer Lab)


<p>Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers</p>

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Investigator: Iram Aziz (Molecular Membrane Biology: Michel Lab)


<p>EMBO Long-term Fellowship</p>

EMBO Long-term Fellowship

Investigator: Reiya Taniguchi (Molecular Sociology: Beck Lab)
Investigator: Natalie Romanov (Molecular Sociology: Beck Lab)


<p>Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship</p>

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship

Investigator: Sonya Hanson (Theoretical Biophysics: Hummer Lab)

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