Shape the future with us!

Employees from over 40 nations work at the institute. About two thirds of them are active in the scientific field, leading research groups or completing doctoral and master's theses. In addition, there are third-party funded employees and guests as well as the scientific-technical staff.

Career in science

Are you curious, determined, creative and enthusiastic about basic research? Have you successfully completed your studies or even obtained your doctorate and want to continue your scientific career? The Max Planck Society is your top address! It enjoys great recognition worldwide and, according to surveys, is the employer of choice for many students. A sound training of young and outstanding young scientists is our central task.

Many possibilities - if you take the initiative

Note that even if at a given point in time, we might not have advertised scientific openings. We may still accept applications, provided they are outstanding. In your cover letter, you should mention the names of people to whom the application is directed as well as the areas of particular interest. Please send your application via email to the department of your interest:

Computational Neuroscience: Dagmar Maier,
Physiology of Cognitive Processes: Conchy Moya, conchy.moya[at]
High-field Magnetic Resonance: Tina Schröder, tina.schroeder[at]
Sensory & Sensorymotor Systems: Li Zhaoping, li.zhaoping[at]

What a complete application shall contain

Scientist/ Postdoc position: CV, publication list, statement of research interests, names and contact data of at least two referees

PhD student position: CV, grades (German Diploma/ M.Sc.), statement of research interests.
Please note that we cannot accept students with a bachelor degree for doing a Ph.D. with us. A comparable degree to a German Diploma or a M.Sc. is required. It may, however, be possible to write your M.Sc. thesis with us.

Internship position: CV, grades, statement of future career plans and research interests.

More Information on the following pages:

The following pages provide information on living in Germany and in Tuebingen with much practical advice.
After their PhD exam junior research scientists can apply for a postdoctoral stipend or a temporary position at the institute directly to perform a research project.
In close cooperation with German Universities, especially the University of Tübingen, students from all over the world are working on their PhD at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics.
For Master students there are three ways to start shaping their scientific career at the institute.
For Scientific Experiments
Equal Opportunities on the Max Planck Campus and within the Max Planck Society.
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