Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Dresden, Germany

MPI-CBG: We are a highly renowned and international research institute focusing on cell, developmental and systems biology using molecular, biophysical and computational approaches to address the question “how cells form tissues and organs”. Systems biology is represented by our new intersectional center “the Center for Systems Biology Dresden” or ‘CSBD’, jointly operated by MPI-CBG together with the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. About 500 staff currently work at MPI-CBG / CSBD with international scientists coming from 53 nations. MPI-CBG has twice been awarded the title “Best Place to Work” by the journal “The Scientist”.

Deputy COO: As an institute of the Max Planck Society, we are guided by the Harnack principle – we strive to identify the world’s top brains and then provide them with the optimal environment to pursue their curiosity driven fundamental research. The role of the Deputy COO is to support the COO to provide the optimal environment for research at MPI-CBG. Responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day operations and managing all support in the institute, which consists of both scientific support (approx. 110 staff members) employed in the scientific core facilities as well as administrative support (about 40 staff members) managed by the Head of Administration. The Deputy COO will be an integral member of the institute’s management team composed of the Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director, COO, Deputy COO, Head of Administration and Head of the Office of the Managing Director. The position co-ordinates processes and initiatives that span science and administration and in general, translates vision and ideas coming from the scientific leadership into programs, actions and measures integrated into the institute’s daily operations. The Deputy COO will also manage and help guide the scientific core facilities anticipating the scientific support needs of the independent research groups in the institute (currently 28 in number).

Candidate: You have an in depth background in biology and research with a PhD or MD degree in biology, medicine, biophysics or related life sciences discipline and a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in management of a research institute or equivalent entity. Some experience in academic tech transfer is a plus. The institute’s official language is English and fluent spoken and written English and German are required. It is planned that the Deputy COO will succeed the current COO in about 5 years so a commitment for the longer term is desirable.

Position and application: The full-time position is available immediately. The initial contract is for 2 years with the expectation of prolongation depending on adequate performance and agreement of both candidate and institute. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVÖD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). The MPI-CBG and CSBD aim to increase the number of women in senior scientific appointments. Female candidates are therefore particularly welcome.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit your complete application and CV including a motivational letter, brief description of your professional accomplishments (including publications) together with contact details of three referees as a single pdf file via our online application system stating Code 2019 – DCOO – 6000 at until the deadline of 17th May 2019.

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108, 01307 Dresden, Germany

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