Reconcilation of Work & Family

Working at the MPIE means not only finding the best possible scientific and non-scientific equipment, but also having the best possible working environment. A family service provider is available to our employees for all questions related to work and family. In addition to the classic provision of childcare facilities, its portfolio also includes eldercare and homecare, i.e. care of relatives, provision of house personnel and advice on the subject. Moreover, the service provides seminars on stress and time management or resilience. In addition, we can offer our employees occupancy places (for under 3-year-olds) in a children's daycare near the Institute. In recognition of its efforts to reconcile work and family life, the Max Planck Society and its institutes have been awarded with the certificate berufundfamilie, which stands for a sustainable, family-friendly personnel policy.


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Our mission is to understand and design nanostructured materials down to atomic and electronic scales. Join our young and international team from over 35 nations, gain unique expertise and make lifelong connections!


The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung offers six apprenticed professions. Detailed information on apprenticeship (only in German).

Bachelor- or Master Thesis

The institute offers various possibilities for doing a bachelor- or master thesis in the field of modern material sciences. To apply please choose one of our research fields and a research topic if possible. Having one in mind, you can directly contact one of our research group leaders who is working in the same field. An overview of the different research groups is available in our organigram.

PhD Thesis

For doing a PhD you can either contact one of our research groups or you can apply at our international doctoral programme IMPRS-SurMat.

PostDoctoral Positions

Are you interested in doing a PostDoc with us? The MPIE offers outstanding international scientists possibilities to perform their research at the institute. You can either send a speculative application to the respective Research Group or have a look on our current job offers.

Moreover, our Guest Programme offers scholarships to a limited extend. On the other hand you are also welcome to finance your research visit by third party funding.

Technical and Administrative Positions

Our scientific team is supported by excellent technical and administrative staff. To join these units, please have a look at the overview of current job offers.

Overview of current Job offers

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