Equal opportunities for all

Talent, creativity and passion – thats what the Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance rely on. We support our employees irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural background or sexual identity, because their diversity is the basis for cutting-edge research.

The Max Planck Society as an employer:

  • is committed to equal opportunities for all and works towards implementing equality-oriented guidelines and offering attractive framework conditions,
  • focuses continually on career advancement and pays special attention to its female scientists: they are still heavily under-represented at managerial levels, and their future prospects are less clear than those of their male colleagues,
  • strives to offer structured support to young scientists in order to help them achieve their individual career goals,
  • builds bridges to facilitate the reconciliation of family life, leisure and career and to bring about more women in managerial positions,
  • has made a voluntary commitment: Between 2017 and 2020, it intends to fill 30 percent of the vacant positions in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Humanities Section at the W3 level and 45 percent of the vacant positions at the W2 level with women,
  • on 1 January 2017 joined the initiative Management Matters (Chefsache), a network of executives from business, science, the public sector and the media who – under the leadership of Angela Merkel – are committed to equal opportunities for women and men.
Career support

This is offered by the Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance:

  • a financial support system designed to enable both postdocs and doctoral students to concentrate on their scientific work,
  • a financial support structure that enables participation in national and international conferences or gives students the freedom to be present at a domestic or foreign research institution, where necessary for scientific activities,
  • flexible working hours,
  • the possibility of teleworking, for example to visit co-authors at other research institutions,
  • in-house seminars organised centrally by MPG, which impart knowledge in soft skills and leadership skills,
  • Max Planck LeadNet, the interest group for the postdoc community,
  • maxNet, Max Plancks own social network, for better information exchange and networking with other scientists from the Max Planck Society,
  • Career Steps Network, an MPG-internal network for career development, which promotes the topics of career development and work-life balance, promotes the exchange of well-functioning measures and organizes workshops and seminars,
  • a grant towards the cost of a fixed child care or kindergarten,
  • a parent-child workroom at the Institute, so you can still work even if child care is not spontaneously available,
  • Help in arranging childcare and care for the elderly through our partner pme Familenservice.


Career in science at Max Planck. Guide to equal opportunities for career development.

Especially for female researchers

Researchers from our Institute can participate in special funding and mentoring programmes and get involved in networks that support career planning and qualification. The possibilities:

  • Sign Up! Career Building tools for postdocs,
  • regularly announced prizes for young scientists,
  • a contingent of W2 positions (formerly Minerva-Program),
  • the  Lise Meitner excellence program aimed at attracting outstandingly qualified female junior scientists by offering them a long-term perspective.

Read an article about the Sign Up! career building program in Max Planck Research. Link to the PDF.

Compatibility of work and family life

For parents, there are a number of ways in which Max Planck Society and our institute are involved.

  • If certain criteria are met, parents may receive a grant to cover the cost of a fixed place at a nursery or kindergarten.
  • Scientists of the Institute who travel to a conference can apply for a grant for childcare.
  • For emergency care, for example, if the day-care centre is on strike or the day-care mother suddenly falls ill, members of the Institute may use the backup service of the pme Familienservice.
  • Finally, parents can bring their child to work. For this purpose, the Institute has set up a cosy parent-child study room.


The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) and their institutes received the Work and Family certificate once again in 2016.

After 2006, 2009 and 2012, MPG has thus been confirmed for the fourth time by berufundfamilie GmbH, a company of the non-profit Hertie Foundation, as a family-friendly employer.

The recognised seal of quality for a sustainable, family-oriented personnel policy is valid until 2019.



Useful Links

Information on on the Max Planck Society´s central equal opportunities officer.

Declaration of equal opportunities at the Max Planck Society.

The Policy against sexualized discrimination, harrassment and violence of the Max Planck Society.

Femmenet, the mentoring program of the Max Planck Society.

Sign Up! program for career development for female MPG researchers by the European Academy for Women in Politics and Economics.

Initiative Chefsache, a network of managers from business, science, the public sector and the media who – under the leadership of Angela Merkel – are committed to equal opportunities for women and men

Career Steps Network, an MPG-internal network for career development and the promotion of reconciling work and family life.

The European Platform of Women Scientists, an international non-profit organisation representing female researchers.

Der Deutsche Frauenrat, an umbrella organisation of more than 50 womens associations and organisations throughout Germany.

 Raisa Sherif (Equal Opportunities Officer) and Amanda Duque dos Santos (Deputy Equality Officer) currently hold the posts of Equal Opportunity Officers at the Institute.

Women in Science

Lisa Windsteiger (Senior Research Fellow) and Raisa Sherif (PhD student) from the MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance talk about their work at the Institute (in English and German).


Lisa Windsteiger


Raisa Sherif