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Cognition, Matter to Life or Photonics: Researchers support outstanding young researchersMax Planck Schools are looking for new fellows

In 2018, the Max Planck Schools were created as beacons of natural science research in Germany. They aim to bring together the most brilliant minds in three dynamic disciplines: Cognition, Matter to Life and Photonics. As a joint institution of various universities and research institutions, the Max Planck Schools train internationally outstanding young researchers who are mentored and supported by the Schools' Fellows. Researchers can now apply to become new Fellows until October 13, 2022.

The Max Planck Schools are doctoral schools funded by leading German universities and research institutions, including TUM. They aim to bundle Germany-wide excellence and thus gain international appeal to attract the best minds in their fields. The doctoral students at the schools work in interdisciplinary teams at the cutting edge of research and in close collaboration with leading scientists. They are supervised and accompanied by fellows who are also among the best in their disciplines.

Fellows as mentors

Now the Max Planck Schools are looking for new Fellows, who will be appointed for an initial period of four years. Their task is to support and supervise doctoral students scientifically and personally, to generate new research topics and to further develop the concepts and curricula of the Schools. Applications are open to scientists who have their main affiliation at a German university or research institution, demonstrate an internationally recognized scientific profile in one or more research areas related to Cognition, Matter to Life or Photonics, and are committed to supporting young colleagues. Applications are open until October 13, 2022 via the Max Planck Schools application portal.

Further strengthening cooperation

With more than a dozen institutions in the Munich area, the Max Planck Society is an integral part of the scientific ecosystem in Bavaria and a close cooperation partner of TUM.

For example, the Munich Quantum Valley was launched just earlier this year. Together with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Aerospace Center and the Fraunhofer Society, TUM and the Max Planck Society are working together here on groundbreaking quantum computing technologies and thus on further advancing Bavaria as a high-tech location.

The MaxPlanck@TUM program also shows how close this collaboration is: outstanding scientists are simultaneously appointed as Max Planck research group leaders and as tenure-track professors at TUM. In this way, top talents are given the best possible conditions for their research, both at university and at non-university institutions.

The Max Planck Schools' fellowships will not only enable this cooperation potential to be exploited all the more effectively in the future, they will also help to promote collaboration between the various partners even more strongly and thus further advance the ONE MUNICH strategy.

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Konstantin Götschel – TUM Center for Study and Teaching

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