Work with us!

Welcome to our work with us page

Our institute is dedicated to providing opportunities for scientists at all career stages to pursue an exciting research programme in an open intellectural environment. Details for application procedures are listed in the following.


Ph.D. opportunities

We welcome applications for Ph.D. at any time. Interested applicants can either contact the director, one of the group leaders, which are listed in the members section, or can apply to the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Many Particle Systems in Structured Environments.

Postdoc positions

Postdoc applications at our institute are considered centrally by the visitor program and are offered on a competitive basis. Potential applicants are invited to contact the director or the group leaders in advance. Finally, applications have to be submitted according to the instructions of the visitors program.

Undergraduate research internships

We offer pre-Ph.D. research experience to particularly promising undergraduate students in the penultimate or final year of undergraduate studies. The typical duration is about two months, and the application deadline is December 2, 2022 for internships in the Summer of 2023. More details can be found on the announcement poster and under Research areas.

Opportunities for short and long visits to MPI-PKS

An outstanding feature of  MPI-PKS is that - besides the usual support for Ph.D. and postdoctoral work - we are very flexible in providing opportunities for scientific visits of differing lengths.

For instance, this may be several-month programmes of collaborative research or sabbaticals for more senior scientists. The condensed matter division of MPI-PKS greatly welcomes such requests and proposals.

The MPIPKS hosts one or two Advanced Study Groups each year. Each group consists of several scientists working on a focused, cutting-edge, theme. The group will attract further shorter term visitors for seminars, lectures, discussions and other meetings. Potential organizers should in the first instance contact the Director (Secretary Email: sec-condmat[at]pks.mpg(dot)de) .

If you would like to visit us, but do not fall into any of the above categories, we try to accomodate any scientifically promising proposition. In that case, please contact either the Visitors Programme directly, or the scientist you expect to collaborate with, or both.

Open Positions in the Condensed Matter Division

Research Group Leader

The Division of Condensed Matter Theory of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems seeks candidates for the position of a Research Group Leader.

Candidates should have a strong postdoctoral research track record and are expected to build and lead a group to pursue a high-quality research programme. Current research interests within the Division of Condensed Matter Theory range from strongly correlated Fermions and Bosons, quantum dynamics in and out of equilibrium, via topo logical phases of matter to quantum computation and information theory.

We particularly welcome original proposals which lie out side this set of topics and which may involve related scientific disciplines.

The Institute provides a stimulating environment due to an active workshop program and a broad range of research activities ranging from the study of cold plasmas to biological physics.

The position has a flexible starting date and is for a five-year period with the possibility of renewal. Remuneration is competitive (TVöD 15) and generous funds are available for hiring post-docs and PhD students. Previous research group leaders have gone on to faculty positions all over the world.

Please send your CV, publication list and a description of research accomplish ments and future plans to Prof. R. Moessner (mentioning “RG21”, preferably as one file by e-mail), and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent.

We especially encourage women to apply.

Consideration of applications will start immediately until the position is filled; for primary consideration please submit all materials by 10 April 2021.