Curriculum Officer at the Max Planck School of Cognition (MPS-Cog)

Curriculum Officer at the Max Planck School of Cognition (MPS-Cog)

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Berlin, Germany; Leipzig, Germany

Curriculum Officer at the Max Planck School of Cognition (MPS-Cog)

Contract: full-time employment for 2 years, with the possibility of extension; remuneration in accordance with the German public service pay scale

Ideal start date: March 2019

We invite applicants for a full-time position as Curriculum Officer of the newly founded Max Planck School of Cognition. The successful applicant will be based in Leipzig or Berlin (Germany).

The Max Planck School of Cognition (MPS-Cog), one of the three pioneering national Max Planck Schools, is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Society, German universities, and German research organizations and is additionally funded by the German ministry of research (BMBF). MPS-Cog will explore new paths in postgraduate education in Germany by linking the dispersed excellence of German researchers in the field of cognition, thus attracting top international graduates to its world-class PhD programme. A unique network of approximately 50 outstanding scientists forms the basis for a career- oriented education. For more information on the school, please visit our website:


The successful applicant will:

  • Advise and guide students on academic curriculum matters
  • Assist students during the entire doctoral programme with administrative matters (e. g. enrolment at partner universities)
  • Coordinate laboratory rotations for first-year students
  • Monitor students’ progress during the PhD programme and oversee regular evaluations
  • Create and maintain a database for students’ records
  • Update content on the website of the doctoral programme
  • Provide support with the preparation of reports for the evaluation phases of MPS-Cog

Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree (ideally also a PhD) in areas related to Cognition
  • Experience in admissions or other university student affairs setting, preferably with international doctoral students
  • Knowledge and understanding of the German higher education system
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a proven capacity to manage multiple tasks
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent command of English and good command of German
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility

Application procedure

Application is via our online system at (subject heading: “CO 17/18”). Closing date for applications is 15th February 2019. Your application must include a personal statement, full CV and contact details (e. g. email address) of two referees. Should you have further questions, please contact Natacha Rodrigues Mendes:

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also encourages individuals with disabilities to apply.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: CO 17/18