Coordinator of the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials (f/m)

Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart

Chemistry Solid State Research & Material Sciences Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics


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Coordinator of the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials

Job offer from August 01, 2018

Coordinator of the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials.

The research area of quantum materials aims to understand, control, and ultimately design materials in which quantum physics enables novel functionalities. These quantum materials are a prominent element of research at our six Max Planck Institutes located in Stuttgart, Dresden, Halle, Hamburg, and Berlin.

To partially offset the geographical limitations for collaborative research at different MPIs, and to realize synergies in jointly attracting and training outstanding students, the Max Planck Society (MPG) has recently approved the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials. Building on existing graduate programs at the MPIs and their partner universities, the Graduate Center will establish a joint recruiting procedure and curriculum, the latter relying on a new videoconferencing infrastructure that will cover the five different locations. We will start with the first cohort of students in the fall of 2019.

Your tasks

For this center we are looking for a dedicated coordinator that will take a key position in establishing and operating the Graduate Center, together with the director and executive board. The coordinator will be located in Stuttgart.

  • Management of operations, including organization of board meetings, scientific workshops and educational courses, as well as preparation of reports and proposals
  • Organization of recruiting and admission procedures including advertisement, interviews, and pre-screening of applicants
  • Management of the Center's budget
  • Development and establishment of operational procedures for the Center
  • Support of students in organizational issues
  • Communication with applicants, students, advisors, reviewers and the public
  • Link to partner universities and the administrative headquarters of the MPG
  • Organization of outreach activities
  • Maintenance and development of the Graduate Center’s website and student database
  • Career guidance for students

Your profile

  • Physicist, chemist, or materials scientist, preferably with a doctoral degree
  • Prior experience in science management, project management, or recruiting is desirable
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Knowledge of standard software packages
  • Excellent command of English and German (at least C1 level)

We offer

  • A world-leading research infrastructure with a wide range of state of the art capabilities for exploring the field of quantum materials
  • Remuneration and social benefits according to TVöD
  • Fixed term contract, initially for approximately 5 years with the perspective of extension after successful evaluation

Your application

In English can be uploaded as a single pdf file on our application website with reference to MPGC-Coordinator until September 30, 2018. Please supply the name and email of at least one reference.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from persons with disabilities. 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.

For more information please contact:

Prof. Bernhard Keimer
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

Dr. Hans-Georg Libuda
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

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