Director (f/m/d) | Chemical Ecology

Einsatzort: Jena


  • Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics
  • Microbiology & Ecology
  • Neurosciences
  • Plant Research

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Director (f/m/d) | Chemical Ecology

Stellenangebot vom 22.02.2022

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology invites expressions of interest from outstanding scientists for the position of Director (m/f/d).

A Max Planck Director pursues a bold long-term research agenda in his or her own Department, and leads the Institute jointly with fellow Directors. Applicants should have achieved internationally recognized distinction in chemical ecology, i.e. the study of ecological interactions mediated by chemical signals among all forms of life. Research should have a strong focus on chemical ecology in a broad sense and complement the wide-ranging interests of the Institute, which include interactions among plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi, with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems; encompassing symbiosis, competition, herbivory, predation, and pathogenesis; using chemical, biochemical, genetic, physiological, behavioral, ecological and evolutionary approaches. The main criteria for a directorship are scientific and scholarly excellence and an innovative and ambitious research program, rather than seniority or publication rankings.

We are looking for

the most creative scientists worldwide who demonstrate academic leader- and mentorship at the highest level and standard. We offer an excellent international research environment, outstanding infrastructure, and generous long-term scientific funding.

If we have sparked your interest, please submit your expression of interest to Prof.  Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth . Expressions of interest will be held in strict confidence. Short-listed applicants will be invited to participate in a symposium in Jena in June/July 2022.

Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Hans-Knoell-Str. 8
07745 Jena

The Max Planck Society

is one of Europe's leading research organizations and conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, and humanities. The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena carries out fundamental research on how organisms communicate with each other via chemical signals. We analyze ecological interactions with molecular, chemical and neuro-biological techniques. In the Institute, organic chemists, biochemists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, behavioral scientists, insect geneticists and physiologists work in collaboration to unravel the complexity of chemical communication that occurs in nature.

The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are very committed to equal opportunities, diversity as well as gender equality. We actively support a healthy work-life balance and the compatibility of work and family and have set ourselves the goal of employing more severely disabled people as well as groups that are underrepresented in science and especially in the given field of activity. Therefore, we explicitly encourage them to apply and welcome applications from all backgrounds.