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Career and Family

Professional challenges compete not infrequently with private family interests. The Max Planck Society offers extensive support to ensure that the two can be sensibly combined.


A selection of available programmes:


Successful research – also with a baby

Pilot project from July 2017 on: Do you work at a Max Planck Institute as a postdoc or doctoral student? Is your child between 3 and 36 months old? Then apply for childcare subsidy now.


Childcare at the Max-Planck-Institutes in Heidelberg 

Information concerning child care at the Institute (German only, PDF, 138.6 KB)

The MPG has a contract with pme Familienservice GmbH, a service provider which supports employees with combining family life with a career. The company advises employees on childcare options for children aged 0 to 14 years; emergency and back-up child care; and elderly care possibilities. The agency's service is free for MPG employees, although they have to pay for the care costs themselves.

You can find out more information on the pme website (an English version is in process)

Dual Career

In science in particular achieving a balance between private and professional life is not very easy. Flexibility and mobility are a must. Moreover frequent changes of the employer and spending time abroad are the norm. The Dual Career Advice service assists the partners of recently recruited MPI for international law members to explore career options. In collaboration with the Heidelberg University, the Heidelberg University Hospital, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the City of Heidelberg, the Teacher Training College (PH) Heidelberg, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the SRH Holding and the other Max-Planck-Institutes, Heidelberg, the Dual Career Advice service helps by establishing connections to possible employers in the area and provides assistance in the job search.
Contact persons: Ms. Münch () (in maternal leave)/ Ms. Apfel, MPI for Astronomy ()



Sandra Berg

Officer for the reconciliation of work and family life


Tel. +49 (0)6221 482-431

Room: 055