Job opportunities at the Max Born InstitutE
for scientists, PhD students, master students, technicians, administrative staff, internships and trainees

The MBI offers excellent perspectives for a beginning scientific carrier. Some examplary cases from the past 10 years may convince you.

The Max Born Institute (MBI) for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy is continuously appointing (among others) young, motivated scientists for challenging research projects, in particular in the framework of a PhD programme.1,2

But also for technical and administrative staff we offer interesting possibilities for further education and training. Note that not all job openings at the MBI are advertised in English language. Hence you may also want to check the German job announcements here ...

Before you send your application3 with the standard information to the responsible PI's or directors as mentionsed in the individual positions offered, your should familiarize yourself somewhat with our research and our organizational structure. A schematic overview about our research projects is found here ...

Presently the following positions for scientists or PhD students, respectively, have to be filled
PhD student - femtosecond x-ray diffraction of condensed matter
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Unsolicited applications will be sent to the responsible director
Division A, Prof. Dr. Vrakking
Division B, Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt
Division C, Prof. Dr. Elsässer
Internships for university and high school students and trainees

Within the framework of a programme of the Leibniz association (section D) the Max Born Institute offers the opportunity to join the laboratory work for some weeks at any time during the year. Inform yourself about our research projects and find out which one you would like to join. Students interested please send their application to Dr. Eichmann, or contact directly the project coordinators.

Upon special agreement we occasionally also offer "trial or sniffing internships" for high school students.

Professional training - the MBI as vocational instructor
The MBI also offers positions for apprentices in technical and administrative professions:
Physics assistant (start date in 2017: 1st Sept., application deadline: 28th Feb. 2017). A brochure in German language gives more information here. Additional details can be obtainded from Ms Lendt and Mr Loudovici.
Mechanical engineer (next starting date will be shown here soon). Short information in German here ... More information can be obtainde from Mr Poppe.
Administrative officer (start date in 2017: 1st Sept., application deadline: 28th Feb. 2017). Information can be obtained from Ms Grundmann.
General Information
General information about the application and the administrative frame work at the MBI can be obtained from the local personnal offices (Ms Schulz)


  1. Typically within the framework of PhD programmes at one of the three Berlin universities
  2. Positions with opportunities to obtain a PhD are limited to three years. A Diploma or equivalent (M.Sc.) in physics, physical chemistry or a closely related subject is required and excellent knowledge in a field relevant to the main research themes mentioned above is expected.
  3. The MBI is an equal opportunity employer and aims at increasing the number of women in science. Thus it specifically encourages female candidates to apply. Handicaped persons with equal qualificatons will be prefered.