Job advertisement

Vacancy ID: 067/2024
Closing date: 2024-04-24


Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Max Planck School affiliated to the Institute of Applied Physics seeks to fill the position of a

Scientific Coordinator “Max Planck School of Photonics”

commencing as soon as possible.

We offer a full-time position (40 hours per week) offered as a fixed-term position until (30.09.2025).

Launched in 2018, the Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) with its coordination centre at Friedrich Schiller University Jena is a new form of graduate funding. It currently comprises eleven locations across Germany and links the largest non-university research institutions with ten local universities ( The MPSP thus makes a significant contribution to international visibility and network activity in research and teaching in photonics and its programme
is primarily aimed at international students.

We are looking for a person driving and coordinating the scientific and discipline related subjects joining the motivated and interdisciplinary team at the coordination office.

Your responsibilities:

    • You lead and guide the doctoral students through the life cycle of the graduate program.
    • You coordinate the selection and admission process of our applicants and are actively involved in the suitability assessment.
    • Your responsibilities include scientific onboarding and further support of our doctoral students during their studies and dissertation work, for example, within the framework of our status meetings.
    • You support the establishment of the joint degree program among the three teaching locations: Jena, Erlangen, and Karlsruhe.
    • You contribute to shaping the academic and personal development program of the school, always keeping the professional and personal growth of the doctoral students in mind.
    • You initiate initiatives in the field of digital teaching and contribute to their realization from the application process to achieving the project objective.
    • You independently coordinate research-related networking activities of our doctoral students at the Max Planck School of Photonics and their supervising professors.

Your profile:

    • Successful completion of studies with a focus on optics/photonics, such as physics, engineering, or another relevant field of study, or successful completion of studies in other fields with relevant professional experience in the academic field of optics/photonics. A PhD in a relevant area is desirable.
    • Fluent English and German language skills in speaking and writing.
    • Interest and basic knowledge in teaching and research in the academic sector and public service.
    • Very high communication and teamwork skills, as well as independent and structured work approach.
    • You enjoy traveling to our semi-annual networking meetings and photonics events (approximately 10%)

    Are you hesitating because you don't meet one or some of our requirements? Please do not hesitate to apply and give us a chance to get to know you.

We offer:

    • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) up to salary scale EG 13 — depending on the candidate’s personal qualifications—, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.
    • An exciting field of activity with personal responsibility in a dynamic and motivated team as well as participation in a national and international network with renowned universities, research institutions and industrial companies.
    • Flexible working hours (flexitime and up to 40% remote (in Germany))
    • University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities;
    • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. capital formation benefits (VL) and an occupational pension (VBL)
    • 30 days of vacation per calendar year plus two days off on December 24 and 31

The advertised position is offered as a fixed-term position until the end of the current funding period (30.09.2025) and may be extended upon prolongation of the program.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week).

In principle, the job is also suitable for part-time employment. The extent to which a part-time request can be granted, in particular with regard to the location and scope of the part-time work, will be assessed on the basis of the needs of the service.

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Are you eager to work for us? Then apply by 24.04.2024 using our online form.

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