Max Planck Institute for Study of Societies (MPIfG) Postdoctoral Program 2019, Germany

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Postdoctoral Positions at the MPIfG

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) provides an attractive environment for postdoctoral researchers to pursue their own research projects within the scope of the Institute’s research program. 
As a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG, you will have either one of the directors or a research group leader as your advisor. You will develop and expand your qualifications, and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in internal and external trainings, national and international conferences, and even organize your own workshop if you like. As a postdoctoral researcher, you’ll let us know what your individual needs are and what you need specifically for your projects, and we’ll support you in your career development. 
We offer a two-year employment contract with pay and benefits according to the German Public Service Wage Agreement (TVöD E 13). You’ll be provided with an office at the MPIfG and actively participate in the intellectual life of the Institute.


Scholars of all nationalities whose research relates to the substantive concerns of the institute's research program and whose PhDs have been completed less than three years before the position would begin are eligible for the MPIfG Postdoctoral Program. Applicants must hold their doctoral degree or be scheduled to receive it before the contract begins. Young researchers who have completed their dissertation and hold appointments as assistant professors are encouraged to apply if they can get a leave from their university positions. 


Contracts are based on the Public Service Wage Agreement (TVöD E 13) and the guidelines of the Max Planck Society. They are subject to income tax and social security contributions. 

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates are chosen on the basis of scholarly excellence, a research proposal outlining a project to be pursued at the MPIfG, and a job interview in person or via video conference. 

The Max Planck Society aims to increase the share of women in academic positions. It supports all employees in achieving work and family life balance and has been certified by the “berufundfamilie” audit. We are committed to employing more individuals with disabilities and explicitly encourage them to apply.  

 The Application Procedure

  • Start compiling your documents early. You will need a fair amount of time to get all the information together, and your referees need to have time to write their letters. 
  • Find referees. You will need to ask two referees to write letters of recommendation for you. You have to name them in your Application and Registration form, so you must first ensure that they are willing to provide the recommendation. When you have submitted your Application and Registration form, the referees will receive an automatic e-mail linking them to the Letter of Recommendation form. It is your responsibility to contact your referees and make sure they submit the form in due time. 
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  • Fill out the Application and Registration Form. The Application Form - including your contact information, educational background, and your preferred research cluster at MPIfG - is also the form with which you register to take part in the whole online application procedure. When we have received your application form, you will get a confirmation mail. 
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  • Upload your supplementary application materials, including a cover letter, CV, project proposal (5-7 pages), and transcripts. 

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November 28, 2018