Lise Meitner Excellence Program

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities
Munich, Germany

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 are 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
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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 and the application please see:

The deadline for applications is 18.04.2018.

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