Max Planck Research Group Leader at a Max Planck Institute

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In brief

Junior researchers can conduct independent research work at a Max Planck Institute by establishing their own Max Planck Research Group. Candidates receive their own fixed budget to run their research group, in which PhD students and one postdoc work together on a specific research topic.

Who can apply?

Highly qualified postdocs who

  • have viable and innovative ideas
  • have ideally already had one to two postdoctoral positions
  • are in a position to realise an independent research project

Type and extent of funding

Funding and work contract. The level of funding depends on the respective research area and research focus. It covers funding for staff, materials and operating costs, including the researcher’s own salary (W2 position). 


5 years with two possible extensions of up to 2 years each.


Application on advertisement only. Positions at specific institutes are advertised throughout the year. Central advertisements are normally published once a year in autumn. All positions are advertised in scientific journals and on their websites as well as on the websites of the respective institutes.