02 March 2018

POSITION: Lisa Meitner Excellence Program (Max Planck Gesellschaft, DEADLINE 18 APRIL 2018)

Please hereby find the following communication from the Max Planck Institute, regarding the “Lisa Meitner Excellence Program”:

In the interest of continuing to pave the way for highest excellence and the ability for continuous renewal in future, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft has raised the issue of gender equality to the management level. That is because we have to attract tomorrow’s best talents today. We all know that a large proportion of these talents are female nowadays.
Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new “Lise Meitner Excellence Program” to you. From 2018 onwards, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft will provide up to ten additional W2 Research Groups for outstanding female scientists per year within the Lise Meitner Excellence Program. This Program opens up a new pool of female scientists for the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. We are looking for highly motivated, highly talented and highly committed female junior talents to participate in it – female scientists who are in a break-through phase of their scientific careers, but who have not yet made the leap to a full professorship (W3 position in Germany).
Lise Meitner Groups receive at least the same resources as Max Planck Research Groups and are financed from central funds for five years as well.  In contrast to Max Planck Research Groups, however, participation in a tenure track procedure at the W2 level which equals the level of Associate Professor is guaranteed for the Leaders of Lise Meitner Groups from the outset. Upon a positive vote from the Tenure Committee, they receive a permanent W2 position with resources for their respective Groups. In addition, what is more, the LME is not only a program for junior talents that brings outstanding female scientists into leading positions early on. We rather intend to develop these promising female talents further for the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in a well-structured way – namely towards a possible Max Planck Directorship. 
On behalf of all Vice Presidents, I would like to ask you for your cooperation. Whenever you become aware of suitable exceptional female talents, please encourage these candidates to apply for the Lise Meitner Excellence Program. The first round of calls for applications started yesterday, 1 March 2018. The submission of online applications is possible until 18 April 2018. You will find all information on our website:

More information to be found on the MPI’s website.

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