Job Skills and Requirements

A complex topic requires a team with various competences. Currently biologists, neuroscientists, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists as well as psychologists are working in our department.

PhD Students: In order to apply as a PhD student, you should have completed a M.Sc. thesis, Diploma thesis or any equivalent in one of the above-mentioned areas.

PostDocs: In order to apply as a postdoc, you should have completed a PhD thesis or any equivalent with a background in one of our research areas.

You should have good understanding of the English language in speaking and writing, since that is our working and scientific language. A comprehension of the German language is beneficial, but not required.

You should possess team spirit as well as interpersonal and intercultural communication skills to work in a multidisciplinary and international team.

You should be able to independently and responsibly work as well as manage your time, resources and information to ensure the efficiency and productivity of your research.

You should have proven expertise in at least one of the following themes:
  • Human perception 
  • Mathematical modeling of human perception 
  • Experience in implementation in simulation environments (MATLAB/Simulink). 
  • Experience with Motion simulators 
  • Design, set-up, execution and analysis of human psychophysical experiments 
  • Functional Imaging 
  • Data analysis and machine learning 
  • 3D visualization and programming (C/C++/JAVA/MatLab) 

Application documents

The complete application, in English, should contain the following documents in this order. Please combine all documents in one PDF, no larger then 2 MB. Please do not send individual documents.
  • Letter of application 
  • CV 
  • Qualification profile (Soft skills, EDV, Motivation, Personality) 
  • References 
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Certificates 

Letter of Application: Please be specific, when describing your field of interest and the reason why you would like to work at our institute. That allows us to find the right person for your field of interest more easily. Furthermore, please tell us, why you would be an enrichment to the department. Demonstrate your commitment, your initiative and your motivation. Since you do not need to take into account the requirements of a job advertisement, you may present yourself as you may find most advantageous.

If possible, please add a "third page" to your application - a table including your further qualifications, in which you have the opportunity to present those aspects of your skills, your motivation and personality that are of particular interest, but would overload the CV.

Please copy the text of your application letter into the text field of the e-mail and combine your actual application consisting of a letter of application, CV, qualification profile, letters or recommendations and your certificates in one PDF, no larger then 2MB. Please do not send individual documents.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer: Handicapped individuals are strongly encouraged to apply, and so are women in areas in which they are underrepresented.

Please send our complete application to: Opens window for sending emailjobs.agbu[at]

Tips for completing a job application

  • Type your application, not hand written 
  • Check for spelling and grammatical errors. 
  • Proofread your job application before turning it in. 
  • Consider the formatting: Format your application letter, CV and qualification profile neatly, in the same font. Don't use bold or italic within continuous text. 
  • Please format your CV as a table (Date - employment/school), no continuous text. List your most recent jobs first. List your most recent education first. Include vocational schools and training programs as well as college and high school. 
  • References don't necessarily have to be professional. If you have volunteered you can use members of the organizations that you have helped or if you are a student use your teachers. In all cases, ask for permission prior to using the person for a reference. 
  • Don't forget to sign your application! Incase of an electronical application, scan in you signature and include it as a picture. 
  • If you mention qualifications and skills these must be supported by copies of the certificates.
Last updated: Wednesday, 01.06.2016