Working at MPQ

Working at MPQ

Your career with us  in science, administration or service  at the Garching Research Centre of Excellence.

The Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics offers a variety of opportunities for career starters and exciting challenges for experienced professionals. In the scientific field, MPQ sees itself as a training ground for the next generation of researchers – our bachelor’s students, master’s students, doctoral candidates, and postdocs receive optimal support here, preparing them well for their future careers. There are also numerous entry and development opportunities in the science-supporting area.

Who are we?

MPQ is an international and innovative research institute – nearly 400 people from about 40 countries work here: scientists, trainees, and technical-administrative professionals, all contributing to excellent research.

Where are we?

Our institute is located at the Garching research campus, one of the largest science centres in Germany. In addition to MPQ, many other research institutions are based here, many of whom the institute regularly collaborates with.

What do we offer?

  • As part of the Max Planck Society, MPQ is committed to the MPG Code of Conduct – respectful and appreciative interaction with each other is our top priority.
  • MPQ is a tax-funded institution that compensates all employees according to the collective agreement for the public service (Bund). More information on tariff-based remuneration can be found here.
  • All MPQ employees are entitled to an additional pension through the Federal and State Government Employees Retirement Fund (VBL).
  • MPQ employees can also benefit from many favorable rates on insurance and public transport (e.g., subsidy for the Deutschlandticket).
  • Want to brush up on your English skills or pursue professional development? All institute employees have access to a variety of training, coaching, and courses.
  • MPQ is also highly committed to a good work-life balance. Among other things, we have a fitness room in our facility that all institute employees can use. MPQ employees can also individually design their working hours with our flextime model – including the option to work from home.
  • For small (or larger) appetites, our canteen offers affordable meals and snacks.

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