The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg, Germany is an interdisciplinary research institution that conducts basic research in two key areas of modern biology: Immunobiology and Epigenetics. Central questions address the molecular basis of cell type identities, as they are regulated during immune cell differentiation, metabolic response and epigenetic chromatin adaptation.

Persons with a disability and equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and we explicitly encourage women to apply.

A childcare facility is attached to the institute. Our international office offers support in administrative aspects and ensures a good start in Freiburg!

Job Offer

Director (m/f/d)

Job offer from April 15, 2021

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany invites applications from outstanding scientists in the fields of chromatin and epigenetic research for the position/s of a Director/Directors.

A Max Planck Director pursues a bold research agenda in his/her own independent department and lead the institute jointly with fellow directors. Applicants should have achieved internationally recognised distinction and ideally their work complements the current epigenetic research departments (see

Core criteria are scientific and scholarly excellence, an innovative, unique and visionary research programme, and personal and intellectual leadership. We are looking for the strongest and most creative scientists worldwide, and we offer an international and excellent research environment, outstanding infrastructure and competitive long-term scientific funding.

Applications must include a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, reprints of three to five selected publications, a concept statement outlining the structure and long-term, visionary research agenda of the proposed department.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equity and welcomes application from diverse backgrounds. We explicitly encourage applications from persons with disabilities.

Preliminary inquiries and application should be sent by email to the address below and will be treated with strictest confidentiality.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Jenuwein
Managing Director
Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Stübeweg 51
D-79115 Freiburg, Germany


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