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Max Planck Research Group Leader Position

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We are an internationally leading research institute in the field of pure mathematics with about 700 guest
scientists per year. We invite applications of outstanding mathematicians for a position as

Max Planck Research Group Leader (W 2)

with a 5-year appointment. The remuneration is based on remuneration group W 2 of the Federal
Civil Service Remuneration Act (Bundesbesoldungsgesetz - BBesG).

Candidates must have a PhD and several years of postdoctoral research experience in pure mathematics.

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics cooperates closely with the University of Bonn and is part
of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics. Teaching and advising is possible and strongly encouraged.

The funding period for Max Planck Research Groups is limited to five years and can be extended
after successful evaluation.

The Max Planck Society has set itself the target of employing more individuals with severe disabilities.
We explicitly welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities.

The Max Planck Society wants to increase the proportion of women in the areas in which they are under-represented.
We therefore explicitly ask women to apply.

Applications should be submitted incl. names of possible referees online by October 15, 2023


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Research Assistant Outreach

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The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics is looking for a

Research Assistant
Outreach (m/f/d)

The position is intended for mathematicians who conduct research in one of the working
areas of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics and are actively involved in outreach
aspects. Your tasks will include advancing your own research as well as establishing and
developing outreach. We expect a high level of commitment and initiative in order to
further increase the international visibility of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
and its guest program through various measures, such as science communication and
student activities, and thus attract the best mathematicians to the MPIM.

The position is initially limited to two years, with a view to permanent employment.
A degree in mathematics (with doctorate), communication skills, creativity and a very
good command of English are required. German language skills are expected in the
long term.

We offer a very modern equipped workplace in the city of Bonn and an attractive
environment with a very good working atmosphere. Remuneration is based on
qualifications and professional experience, including all social benefits (e.g. company
pension scheme, special bonus (Christmas bonus), etc.) in accordance with the
regulations of the public service (TVöD Bund) up to pay group 14.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome
applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the
number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented. Women are
therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is
committed to increasing the number of employees with severe disabilities in its
workforce. Applications from persons with severe disabilities are expressly desired.

We look forward to receiving your detailed application at by October 31, 2023.

Applications sent by post will not be accepted and will be disposed of in accordance
with data protection regulations.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail


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Hirzebruch Research Instructorships

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The Hirzebruch Research Instructorship is a three-year position established in partnership with the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics and the Mathematical Institute of the University of Bonn. The position consists of 2 years of independent research and 1 academic year of research with a moderate teaching load. The salary is competitive.

Duties and Expectations

In the first and third years of their appointment, the Hirzebruch Research Instructors are free to pursue their own research at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. During the second year, they perform the regular duties of an instructor at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Bonn, with a teaching load of 4 hours per week. There are two semesters per academic year, each containing fourteen weeks of classes followed by an examination period of about 3 weeks. The University tries to accommodate preferences for particular courses and schedules.

How to apply

Applicants must submit two applications: one to the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics at

and another to the Mathematical Institute through the application portal of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics at

Teaching credentials should be included in the application.

Current and former Hirzebruch Research Instructors


Application for the Guest Program and for postdoc positions

To apply for a stay at the MPIM, please fill out the online application form and provide all required documents. If you have any questions, please contact us at

The selection committee meets three times per year. The deadline for the next application is December 1, 2023. Please note that also the letters of recommendation (two) should have been uploaded by the time of the deadline.

Important practical issues:

You need 2 letters of recommendation. It is very important to input current email addresses for the recommendation letter writers, as once you upload your application (and only then!) a request for writing a recommendation letter is sent automatically to these addresses. A timely uploading of your application is therefore essential for the letter writers to have sufficient time to finish their work before our deadline.

Guest program applications (for mathematicians with tenure):

It is best to apply about one year before the intended starting date of your stay. During June-July we are usually overbooked and hence have to be very strict with invitations for that period. The application period can be up to one year.

Postdoc applications:

Please try to apply in our November or January meetings if you plan to come in the fall after you received your PhD. In this case you can apply for up to two years and we will assign a Mentor to you, who will introduce you to their research group in Bonn.

Application for the IMPRS Moduli Spaces


Since 1st of December 2011 the IMPRS shares an online application
website with its partner Bonn International Graduate School Mathematics:

In addition to CV, statement of purpose, degrees and academic records,
proficiency in English and 2 letters of recommendation, which you should
submit at the online application website, we ask you for a copy of your
Bachelor's or Master's thesis if available (electronic version
prefered). Send this to:




Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics
P.O. Box 7280
D-53072 Bonn

Important Notes

  • Visa: Students from most countries outside the European Union will have to apply for a visa to study in Germany. For details, ask the nearst German Embassy or Consulate, advisably before you send the application. Usually you must submit a letter from us stating that you are accepted, and a proof of financial support (e.g. award of IMPRS scholarship).
  • The deadline for the summer term is November 30. The deadline for the winter term is April 15 (new). Applications will be considered by a Committee. Expect an answer within four weeks after the deadline.


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