The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research offers various measures to guarantee that female and male employees receive equal opportunities towards career development and to achieve a manageable science and family balance. Some measures are offered via the Max Planck Society (and this link) while some are organized locally via the Institute.
Please note that we believe that excellence and passion for science are the best determinants for future success.
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation
The Foundation for the promotion of science and research, initiated in 2004, supports talented young women with children. It aims to create the freedom and mobility required to further their scientific careers. The Foundation wishes to help prevent science from losing excellent talent. It is aimed specifically at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of experimental natural sciences and medicine.
In 2017, Anja Gemmer (Schuman Department) was awarded a fellowship.
Sign UP! Career building program for postdocs in the Max Planck Society
This year, the successful program "Sign Up! Career building for female post docs" will start its fourth application round. The aim is to promote women post-doctoral researchers and academic staff in their career development and prepare them for leadership roles in the scientific community. As of now, Max Planck Directors can nominate female scientists at the postdoctoral level for participation.
Please find more information in this flyer.
Financial support for childcare
The MPI for Brain Research offers financial support to its employees for ad-hoc child care (e.g. for visiting conferences). Special rules however apply. Please contact Maja Fricke (Head of Aministration) for more information.
Dual Career Network Rhine-Main Region
The Dual Career Service offers assistance to (family of) newly appointed scientists at the MPI for Brain Research. The service provides advice and support to their partners concerning their own career advancement and family relocation. Dual Career Service is coordinated by the Goethe University and the MPI-BR is a member of the Dual Career Network Rhine-Main Region. Website: www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/50716193/30_Dual-Career?
The Max Planck Society has set up a mentoring programme - Minerva-FemmeNet - that offers support to all female junior scientists - from graduate to top qualified scientists - tailored towards their respective professional qualifications. Website: www.minerva-femmenet.mpg.de/
Within the Elisabeth Schiemann Kolleg scientific members of the Max Planck Society foster the careers of excellent female scientists after their postdoc phase, helping them to succeed on their way to an appointment as a tenured professor or as a director of a research institution. Julijana Gjorgjieva is currently a member of the Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg. Website: www.mpg.de/career/career_programs/schiemann_kolleg
LaKoG MuT-Mentoring and Training
LaKoG is an association of equal opportunities officers at research universities, universities of education, as well universities of art and design and universities of music and performing arts in Baden-Württemberg. (also open for female scientists of the MPI for Brain Research) Website: www.mut-programm.de/
Employment at the MPI-BR
The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research offers you flexible working hours, the possibility to work part-time as well as the potential extension of employement contract after maternal leave. Please refer to Claudia Holzapfel (HRM) for more information. Another example is our “Kids’ Room”, in which older children can do their homework after school.
Kita Kairos is located just a five-minute walk from the Institute and will eventually offer a total of nine groups for infants and kids from three months to six years of age.
Kita Kairos is a joint project of the Goethe University and the Max Planck Society, offering places for children from the university and the Max Planck Institutes of Biophysics and for Brain Research. The „Gesellschaft zur Förderung betrieblicher und betriebsnaher Kindereinrichtungen e.V.” is the pedagogic operator.
Please contact Claudia Holzapfel (HRM). if you would like to register your child. Website: www.bvz-frankfurt.info/Kinder-Einrichtungen/Kita-Kairos/
The Max Planck Society has worked with the company "pme Familienservice" for many years. The company has information centres throughout Germany and arranges care services – from childminders, nursery places, care for sick children as well as the organization of holiday camps and guidance for the care of elderly dependents. The Family Service also offers an extensive qualification and further education programme for carers. Website: www.familienservice.de/de/home
Each year, the Max Planck Institute for Brain research organises the Girls’ Day where up to 15 high-school students are offered a visit to the Institute. Website: www.girlsday.de
Max Planck Junior Scholars Program
The Max Planck Junior Scholars Program offers summer internships to excellent high-school students to gain research experience at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Frankfurt am Main), the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics (Frankfurt am Main) or the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (Bad Nauheim) and to become enthusiastic for a future career in the natural sciences. Students currently enrolled in grade 10 or 11 are eligible to apply. Website: www.brain.mpg.de/juniorscholars