Recruitment Process

Recruitment Process

We have set up a multi-step recruitment process with the goal of identifying people with the right mix of skills, experience, and future potential. This involves an assessment of the online submitted application including academic accomplishments and professional experience, as well as on-site interviews, presentations and panel discussions. 

Our communication policy aims to maintain an objective and fair hiring process for all applicants. Communication between candidates and institute will be primarily by e-mail. We acknowledge every submitted application immediately with an automatic e-mail response. During the hiring process, all successful applicants will receive notifications on the next steps via e-mail. In due course, candidates who have not been short-listed will be informed by email.

We value diversity and are committed to carrying out a transparent recruitment process for every position. There may be minor variations, but in general our selection process has the following structure:



Applications are submitted through our online recruitment portal. The required application documents are described in the job advertisement and include, in general, a motivation and research interest letter, CV, education, and contact details of two referees. Applications via email will not be accepted. After submission of your application, you will receive an automatic email confirming that your application has been received. To be eligible for review, your application must be submitted before the deadline stated in the job advertisement.


Application screening

Following the application deadline, your application will be checked for eligibility and will be subsequenbtly reviewed by the hiring committee.

Interview Days in Berlin

Short-listed applicants will be invited to Berlin. Our team will support you with necessary travel and hotel arrangements and will provide a letter for visa application, if required. The meeting schedule will be sent well in advance. During the visit, you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself, your research and your research interests through a presentation, followed by a series of one-on-one interviews with the selection committee members. Please use also the opportunity of  on-site visits to meet with other members of the research group of your interest. 


All candidates will receive feedback within a few days of the Interview Days. Successful candidates will receive an offer.

Inclusiveness and diversity

We value and recognize diversity as advantage to successful scientific enterprise, collaborative work, and day-to-day interactions in an international research institute. Promoting an inclusive work place that supports people from all backgrounds, we are committed to provide a collegial and supportive environment of professionalism, and politeness.

The working language of the program is English.