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Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik (MPI-CBG)

500 Menschen aus 50 Ländern arbeiten am Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik (MPI-CBG) und lassen sich von ihrem Forscherdrang antreiben, um die Frage zu klären: Wie organisieren sich Zellen zu Geweben? Das Institut bringt Menschen aus den verschiedensten Disziplinen zusammen, was neue Einsichten und Erkenntnisse eröffnet.

Chief Operating Officer (COO) (m/f/d)

Working field:

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) is a pioneering basic research institute in Dresden, Germany focused on cell, developmental, and systems biology. The MPI-CBG shares a single research faculty with the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD), combining experiment with theory in a collaborative research environment aimed at understanding how cells form tissues and organs. Our research spans multiple scales, from molecular assemblies to organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organisms. Currently about 500 employees work at the institute, representing over 50 nations and a wide range of scientific expertise. As an employer, MPI-CBG offers a diverse working environment that fosters open communication, with a positive work-life balance, strong focus on community, and support for families. The official language of the institute is English.

The COO plays a pivotal role in shaping and executing the strategic vision set by the Board of Directors while optimizing operational efficiency at MPI-CBG. By coordinating organizational aspects and developments, the COO ensures a seamless operational environment conducive to research activities. This involves advising the Board and collaborating with the Head of Administration on long-term planning, infrastructure organization, and acquisitions. In overseeing core services and facilities, the COO anticipates and meets the evolving scientific support needs of research groups within the institute. Additionally, the COO helps craft the institute's strategy for the next decade and maintains close ties with the central Max Planck Society headquarters This position bridges the gap between scientific endeavors and administrative functions, coordinating initiatives that drive progress across both realms.


As a key member of the institute's management team, alongside the Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director, Head of Administration, and Scientific Officer, the COO actively contributes to decision-making and strategic planning efforts.

We are looking for candidates with scientific experience, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills. Candidates that are eager to grow into the position are also encouraged to apply.

Your profile:

  • a strategically savvy leader, with a strong relevant background, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a track record of success.
  • able to collaboratively operationalize concepts and transform ideas into action in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Professional experience in both scientific research and management/administration is required. Candidates should hold a university degree in biology, medicine, biophysics or related scientific disciplines (in principle PhD or MD or extensive experience).
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and German is necessary.

What we offer:

The full-time position is available immediately. The initial contract is for 2 years with the expectation of prolongation. Salary and social benefits are in accordance with TVöD Bund (salary agreement for German public service employees) based on qualifications and experience. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome people of all backgrounds to apply. As a family-friendly workplace, we offer flexible working conditions and childcare via partnerships with 3 nearby Kindergartens. Our dedicated International Office provides comprehensive support with the relocation process, including visa applications, housing, and other matters.

How to apply:

Applications are encouraged to be submitted by 05 July 2024 via our online application system stating 2024-COO-5180, the position will remain open until it is filled:

Kindly include the following materials:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation to apply and a brief description of your professional accomplishments
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and email addresses of three references willing to provide a letter of recommendation.

Inquiries about the position can be sent to the Managing Director Anne Grapin-Botton ( Questions regarding the application process, contract, compensation or benefits may be addressed to For further information about the MPI-CBG and the CSBD see

  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, and other components of identity.
  • The Max Planck Society specifically aims to increase the proportion of women in the areas in which they are underrepresented. We therefore explicitly invite women to apply.
  • The Max Planck Society is further committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
  • The Max Planck Society supports the compatibility of family and career and is certified according to the "berufundfamilie" (“job and family”) audit.
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