Visitors Program

In close collaboration with the other service departments of mpipks, the Visitors Program is dedicated to support the scientists in every possible way to allow them to focus on the essence: their research.

Every year, our team organizes between 15 and 20 seminars and workshops with a total number of approximately 1500 international participants.

Moreover, we supply the logistics and paperwork for 400 visiting scientists, for example regarding visa and residence permit application, accommodation, schools and daycare, language courses, bureaucracy and much more.

Guest scientist positions are available for nearly all academic career levels, ranging from PhD students, over young postdoctoral researchers, to senior scientists spending their sabbaticals at mpipks.

As long as acts of war in Ukraine are ongoing, scientists from Russian research institutions cannot participate in the visitors program.


Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

Visitors Program
Nöthnitzer Straße 38
01187 Dresden

phone: +49 (351) 871-1935

Next Application Deadline

for Postdoc and Guest Scientist Positions:


15th September 2024


application form

Our team:

Mandy Lochar, Christina Kuss,
Anna Anastasiou, Claudia Domaschke, Michael Genkin, Katrin Lantsch


Work with us!


The institute offers various opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and faculty members.

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Online Application

Instructions and deadlines for your application can be found here as well as the application form. 

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Your research stay: Preparation

We would be glad to assist you to ensure a smooth start at our institute.

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Your research stay: Orientation

Here you can find some information to help you orientate yourself once you arrived at the institute. We will be happy to assist you in case of further queries.

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Propose an activity

Submit a seminar / workshop proposal

A central task of the institute is to conduct international workshops and seminars. Potential scientific coordinators of future events are encouraged to submit proposals.

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Proposals for Advanced Study Groups

are accepted continuously.

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