Lise Meitner Excellence Programme

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In brief

This programme enables female early career scientists from all over the world with outstanding qualifications to establish their own research group at one of the renowned Max Planck Institutes. A tenure-track option offers long-term employment security and clear career prospects.

Who can apply?

Highly qualified female scientists who

  • have viable and innovative ideas
  • have ideally already had first group leader experience
  • have already acted as independent researchers at an early stage of their scientific careers

Type and extent of funding

Funding and work contract: the work contract is based on the remuneration system for university teachers (W2 position). Each Lise Meitner Group receives its own personnel and materials funding and has access to the infrastructure of the respective Max Planck Institute.


6 years; parental leave will be granted additionally. Subsequently, there is the opportunity to take part in a tenure-track procedure for a permanent associate professorship.


Application is only possible in response to an advertisement. Calls can be found on the programme website (see link below).

Jobs at the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society focuses on basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences. Details of research grants and job vacancies can be found in the central Max Planck Society database or on the websites of the 86 Max Planck Institutes and research facilities.

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