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The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light currently consists of four divisions, several independent research groups and four technical service and development groups. To find out where you might fit in you can read up on each group’s work in the research section of their websites.

Whether you want to do a bachelor or master thesis, looking to receive a PhD or join MPL as a Postdoc or Senior Scientist, best check on the websites of the different divisions and contact them directly.



  • Women at MPL may apply for a scholarship at the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Stiftung. The foundation aims to enable women with children to create the freedom and mobility required to further their scientific careers.
  • MPL offers stipends to outstanding international guest scientists in the wider field of optics and quantum optics, the Herbert Walther Fellowship.
  • The Herbert Walther Fellowship is also available for students who want to pursue a PhD at MPL.
  • The Emmy Noether travel grant supports female MPL staff in their professional development by bringing them together with executives who have already proven themselves in a management position.
  • The Max Planck Society (MPG) is a certified member of the work-life-balance programme "audit berufundfamilie" since 2006. Read more about the programme.

Jobs Worldwide

On this job board, we gather selected job offers from other institutions in the field of the physic of light worldwide. If you would like your job offer to be published here, please send us an e-mail with the details to jobboerse@mpl.mpg.de.

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