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Employment conditions at MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology

Successful candidates for projects in the Fernie, Figueiredo and Sampathkumar groups will be employed at the MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP). Doctoral researchers receive a Max Planck doctoral funding contract, including social security and health insurance benefits. The working time amounts to 39 hours per week, the remuneration corresponds to 65% of pay group 13 level 1 of the TVöD Bund. Provided that the contractual activity is carried out without interruption, the remuneration increases after one year to 65% of pay group 13 level 2 TVöD Bund. Employment will be initially for 36 months, with a possibility of extension until at most 31 December 2027. The fixed term of employment is in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the German Act on Limited Scientific Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz or WissZeitVG).


As a research institution, we support our employees with numerous benefits:

  • Good transport connections and the possibility to receive a monthly subsidy for your public transport job ticket
  • Benefit from an annual bonus
  • A wide range of corporate health management offers and University sports programs
  • 30 vacation days a year and exemption from work on 24 and 31 December
  • Childcare possibility at the Fröbel kindergarten near the campus
  • A campus canteen with a wide variety of meals


Successful candidates will become part of the PhD researcher community at the MPI-MP and benefit from:

  • Mentoring, training, and support for graduate students organized in the frame of the IMPRS MolPlant.
  • Regular scientific exchange with peers and senior researchers in seminars and lectures, including yearly presentations of their own research at the MPI-MP's weekly Progress Seminar.
  • A stimulating and dynamic research environment in a diverse and international team of cooperative and motivated scientists.
  • Access to the infrastructure of one of the leading plant science institutes.


Graduate researchers at the MPI-MP are registered for doctoral candidacy at the University of Potsdam’s Faculty of Science. The doctoral degree is awarded by the University.

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