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.

Postoc 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.

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:schuppe[at]mpipks-dresden.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 Physics of Quantum Matter Division of the Max PIanck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids and the Division of Condensed Matter of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems seek candidates for the joint position of a Research Group Leader in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.

Candidates are expected to build and lead a group to pursue a high-quality research program. They should have a strong postdoctoral research track record in theoretical condensed matter and/or materials physics. The group is a joint group of the two institutes, and is hence encouraged to interact strongly with colleagues specialising both in theory and in experiment.    

The position has a flexible starting date in 2020, 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.  

Please send your CV, publication list and a description of research accomplishments and future plans to (mentioning ‘JRG20’, preferably a single pdf file via e-mail), and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent. Any questions may be addressed to the directors of the divisions involved (Professor Andrew Mackenzie at MPI-CPfS or Professor Roderich Moessner at MPI-PKS).  

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 8 January 2020.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities, who in the case of equal qualifications will take precedence.