The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) ( is one of the world’s premier sites for research into fundamental processes in plant biology. Around 400 staff from all over the world work at the institute, which consists of four scientific departments, several independent research groups, and specialist support. The Department of Plant Microbe Interactions headed by Prof. Paul Schulze-Lefert is seeking to fill the position of

Scientific Project Manager (m/w/d)

Main responsibilities include

• Editing of a wide variety of different scientific texts with a focus on correct English usage as well as general scientific clarity

• Assisting postdoctoral researchers with identifying and applying to third-party funding (e.g. EMBO and Humboldt fellowships, Emmy Noether Programme) as well as for participation in conferences and workshops

• One-on-one and group-based training of PhD students in scientific writing and specifically in critically reviewing scientific literature

• Dissemination of research results in the form of press releases and upkeep of the department’s internet presence

• Supporting group leaders in the department with recruitment through the drafting and editing of job adverts and the pre-screening of candidates

• Support with acquisition and management of collaborative national and international research projects coordinated by Paul Schulze-Lefert and funded by the European Commission, the DFG, BMBF or other funding agencies

The successful candidate will work closely with Paul Schulze-Lefert and the other group leaders in the department, as well as the administration of the MPIPZ, including the departmental office.

Your qualifications

This position is suitable for a person who already has grant and science management experience. The preferred candidate holds a PhD degree in the life sciences and has proven skills in scientific writing for different audiences and in coordination tasks. Previous national and/or international experience in research management and funding is an asset. Excellent communication skills in English and proficiency in computer applications (MS office, internet, databases, content management systems) are essential. Knowledge of the German language is also expected. The ideal candidate works proactively, is solution-oriented as well as adept at efficiently prioritizing their tasks, and enjoys working in an international and highly interactive environment.

Our offer

The part-time position (50%) is available from the beginning of September 2020 and the initial contract is for two years with the possibility of an extension. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees).


Applicants are requested to submit a motivation letter and CV (in English as a single pdf file) including the names and affiliations of 2 referees through the online system, by August 7th 2020.
The Max Planck Society is one of Europe's leading research organizations. In its research laboratories, workshops, libraries, and administration, scientists and researchers perform demanding tasks with a high degree of autonomy and creativity.
The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research carries out fundamental research on plants using a wide range of methods including molecular genetics, genomics, imaging, computational biology and biochemistry. 

The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

If you would like to work in a dedicated team, please convince us now by sending us your complete application documents together with your earliest possible date of joining the institute.

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Please apply. We are looking forward to getting your complete application documents.


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