Research Groups

Max Planck Research Groups offer scientists who hold a doctoral degree an excellent opportunity to qualify for a further career at a high level. Leaders of these groups are appointed by the President of the Max Planck Society and – similar to directors at Max Planck Institutes – enjoy an independent status within the Institute.

Max Planck Research Groups are limited to five years; extension is only possible for groups that exhibit convincing research performance. They use the infrastructure and administration of a Max Planck Institute, but have their own personnel and material resources, which enable the group leaders to pursue a research project independently and thus lay the foundation for a successful career.