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.