Postdoctoral Program


How to Apply

Submit your application for a position in the MPIfG Postdoctoral Program online. Since your registration as an applicant and your application form are submitted in one document, it is essential that you read this entire section carefully. You may apply as of November 1. The deadline for applications is January 31.


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.
  • Enable Java and Javascript in order to submit your data.
  • Copy your data: Since the system does not enable you to save this form with your data in it, and the completed form will not be sent back to you, copy it (with copy and paste into Word, for example) and save it for your records before submitting it.
  • A note for Firefox users: If you use the Firefox browser, you may encounter a security warning when you open the Application Form. Please ignore it and use the "add exception" link in the Firefox security warning form to trust the page. The Postdoctoral Position website certificate is valid and secure.
  • 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.
  • Look out for the confirmation e-mail with your registration code. Your spam filter might sort out the confirmation e-mail, so check your spam folder if you do not receive the confirmation e-mail within an hour.
  • Upload your supplementary application materials, including a cover letter, CV, project proposal (5-7 pages), and transcripts.

Application and Registration Form

Apply online for positions starting 2018

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