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Max Planck Research Group Leader (m/f/div) (W2) in the Field of Psychiatric Research

Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry
Munich (Stadt), Bayern (DE)
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Biomedicine, Computing, Health Science, Life Science
Job Type
Postdoctoral, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (, located in Munich, Germany, is one of the leading research institutes worldwide investigating the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. The institute combines state-of-the-art facilities for basic research and a research hospital, fostering truly translational approaches to unravel the fundamental neuronal and molecular mechanisms underlying the complex diseases of the brain. Our institute currently focuses on pathomechanisms of stress-related diseases, as well as neuronal circuit mechanisms of emotion regulation employing methods ranging from in vitro to in vivo models and clinical patient data (

The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich (Germany) invites applications from outstanding scientists for an open position of a

Max Planck Research Group Leader (m/f/div) (W2) in the Field of Psychiatric Research
Code: 8710

We are looking for an outstanding scientist with an original and exciting research program addressing relevant and timely questions in the field of neuro­physiological, neuroimaging, and computational research related to psychiatric disease. We especially welcome applications with a focus on brain / body interactions in this area, including work based in patient samples but also using induced pluripotent stem cell derived models or animal models, optimally in combination.

The position holder will lead an independent research group, with generous funds for positions, start-up investments, and annual running costs. The position is considered equivalent to a W2 professorship at a German university (Associate Professor level internationally). The appointment is initially for six years but includes the possibility of merit-based extensions for up to three additional years. The group will have access to the institutional infrastructure and our core service units including neuroimaging, a clinical study center, biobanking, and more (

PhD students may be enrolled through the international PhD program International Max Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry for a Research PhD or a joint residency / PhD training program (IMPRS-TP,, or through the Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience (GSN, The Max Planck Institute is also a member of the German Center of Mental Health, offering many collaborative possibilities (

The MPI of Psychiatry is an international research institute with English as the working language. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality, diversity, and endeavours to employ more people with disabilities. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and, to ensure equality, applications from qualified women are particularly welcome ( The management of the institute is very much in favour of parental leave, especially for fathers.

For inquiries regarding this position, please send an e-mail to Elisabeth Binder ( or Nadine Gogolla ( For inquiries regarding any technical issues, please send an e-mail to Janhvi Jaiswal (

Your online application should include:

  • A cover letter of no more than two pages
  • A detailed CV
  • A list of publications (including pre-prints) highlighting your most important publications
  • A concise research proposal of no more than three pages (including one page of your prior scientific achievements and two pages detailing your future research plans)
  • Two referee contact details

To submit your online application, please visit

The deadline for submitting your application is 23. June 2024.

The deadline for receiving the reference letters is 30. June 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present a talk at an in-person selection symposium, to be held in November 2024.


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