Lise Meitner Excellence Program

Funding source: Max Planck Society

Funding: Own position, postdocs, PhD students, equipment, travel, consumables

Duration: 5 years (with possibility of an extension)

Eligibility: Female scientists with a doctorate completed no more than nine years ago at the time application (family breaks are taken into consideration)

Deadlines: Annual call by the Max Planck Society, typically mid-April



With its Lise Meitner Excellence Program, the Max Planck Society particularly addresses excellent female scientists in an early stage of their scientific career, who have already demonstrated a record of independent, innovative and outstanding scientific achievements. They should ideally also have gained some leadership experience.

The successful candidates will be offered a Lise Meitner Group at a suitable Max Planck Institute for an initial period of five years. This includes a W2 position (equivalent to an assistant or associate professor level) and additional resources for research positions, as well as a budget to realize the project. The total funding for a Lise Meitner Group is competitive with top start-up packages in international career development programs.

The successful candidates will have the option to participate in a tenure track program that leads to a tenured W2 position and continued financial support of the research group after a successful evaluation.

The following documents are to be submitted for an application: Curriculum vitae, list of publications, overview of current and future research topics, two letters of recommendation.

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