Postdoctoral Program


About the program

The MPIfG offers postdoctoral positions each year. They are awarded for two years, usually beginning on October 1.
Scholars of all nationalities whose research relates to the Institute's research program are eligible to apply for the MPIfG Postdoctoral Program. Applicants must have held their doctoral degree for no longer than three years before the final application deadline. If you are applying for a postdoc position later than three years after receiving your doctoral degree due to periods of absence or part-time work for maternity and/or parental leave, to meet family care commitments, or if you have a serious chronic illness or a disability, please include this information in your application.
Applicants must hold their doctoral degree or be scheduled to receive it before the contract begins. Researchers who have completed their dissertation and hold appointments as assistant professors are encouraged to apply if they can take leave from their university positions.
Contracts are based on the German 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 by video. Postdocs are expected to reside in the Cologne area and actively participate in the intellectual life of the Institute.
The Max Planck Society is committed to improving the opportunities for women in science and explicitly encourages women to apply. We support our employees in achieving work and family life balance. We are also committed to employing more people with disabilities and encourage such applicants to apply.

Application schedule

From mid-November Applications are open for positions starting in October of the following year
January 31 Application deadline
April Interviews
April Notification of hiring decision
October 1 Start of contract

MPIfG - Postdoctoral Program - About | [Last updated 2021-03-12]