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Max Planck Research Group Leader (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

Radolfzell, Germany

The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior ( is a newly founded research institute with the aim to achieve a quantitative and predictive understanding of animal-decision-making and movement in the natural world. We are highly multidisciplinary, have excellent facilities, and close links with the University of Konstanz. The working language of the institute is English. We are situated in southern Germany at the shore of Lake Constance in Radolfzell and Konstanz (and until recently we were part of the MPI for Ornithology).

The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior would like to fill the following position:

Max Planck Research Group Leader (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior invites applications for a new Independent Max Planck Research Group. The successful candidate is an innovative scientist who establishes internationally recognized research programs, preferably with an interdisciplinary approach, to tackle important unsolved problems in animal behavior.

Applicants should hold an advanced degree and have previous postdoc experience. The position is a Max Planck Research Group Leader (MPRGL), equivalent to an Assistant/Associate Professor position (German salary level W2). The initial appointment of the group leader is for 5 years with the possibility of extension (2 × 2 years) after external review. The position includes an independent budget for personnel, running costs, and investments, office space, and use of the research infrastructure of the institute. Laboratory space is currently limited due to construction activities and theoretical or field-based research directions will be given preference. The starting date is negotiable. For more general information about this type of position, please see:

The MPI of Animal Behavior is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore we encourage applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. We offer extensive support to help employees balance professional and home life, including assistance with childcare and support of the elderly, and flexibility in how employees arrange working hours. For details, see

For further inquiries, please contact our science coordinator Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz (

Applications should include a cover letter explaining why you would like to join the MPI of Animal Behavior, a CV, a list of publications, a one-page summary of your scientific achievements, a two-page overview of your future research plans, and the names and contact details of three potential referees.

Applications should be sent in PDF format to Please provide us with your full application in English by October 27, 2019. The selection symposium will take place in Berlin on January 16, 2020.


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Max Planck Research Group Leader (m/f/d)