Principles of cell and tissue organization


Scientific Project Manager

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, is a highly visible and international research institute focused on cell and developmental biology. Currently about 500 employees are working at the institute, where half are from abroad with 53 nations represented. MPI-CBG has twice been awarded the title “Best Place to Work” (Academia and postdocs) by the journal “The Scientist”. It tops the list of the top ten research institutions outside the United States in 2009, and is the only German institution listed.

We are offering the position of a

Scientific Project Manager (m/f)

in the research team of Professor Marino Zerial.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Acquisition and management of collaborative national and international research projects coordinated by Professor Marino Zerial, funded by the European Commission, the BMBF or other funding agencies.
  • Coordination of the grant application process and reporting.
  • Organization and execution of network activities and events.
  • Management of financial and legal aspects related to grants (i.e. budget monitoring, preparation of amendments, etc).
  • Dissemination of research results, public relations, and interaction with participating partner institutions and funding authorities.
  • Overseeing personnel and budget management of the Zerial group.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Principal Investigator (Prof. Zerial) and the administration of MPI-CBG (i.e. the Office of Research Grants, the Budget and Personnel department).

Your qualifications:
This position is suitable either for a person who already has grant management experience or for a PhD graduate who wants to make a transition into science management. The preferred candidate holds a PhD degree in life sciences and has proven skills in scientific writing and coordination tasks. Previous national and/or international experience in research management and funding is an asset. Excellent communication skills in English and proficiency in computer applications (MS office, internet, databases, content management systems) are required. Knowledge of German would be of advantage. The ideal candidate acts proactively and enjoys working in an international and highly interactive environment.

Our offer:
The full-time position is available immediately and the initial contract is for 2 years with the potential of extension. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). We especially encourage women to apply.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more people with disabilities and actively seek their applications.

For further information contact Lilla Farkas MD, MBA by email or phone +49 (0)351 210 2999.

Please submit your complete application including the names of three referees by August 15th, 2017 via our online application system stating Code 2017-PM-1040 at

Zerial lab