SpicyIP Jobs: Max Planck Society India Office Manager in New Delhi

downloadWe are happy to announce that the Max Planck Society of Germany is looking for a New Delhi based Office Manager. The deadline for sending applications is November 30, 2016.

About Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society is Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it at par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. Currently, 83 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements.

India is a special focus of the Max Planck Society in its international collaborations. In the year 2015, 837 young visiting scientists at Max Planck Institutes came from India, an increase of over 70% over the past six years, which makes India one of the most important partners for international exchange of young scientists. The Max Planck Society has established specific programs to cultivate collaborations within India: Max Planck-India Mobility Grants, Max Planck-India Partner Groups, Max Planck Centers.

To both maintain and further develop the strategic partnerships the Max Planck Society is looking for a New Delhi based Office Manager, starting on February 1, 2017 or earlier.

Position Responsibilities

The Office Manager will fulfil the tasks as defined by the Max Planck Society (MPG). General responsibilities include especially:

  • Supporting existing partnerships of the MPG with universities, institutes and companies
  • Establishing new strategic partnerships with Indian institutions
  • Liaison with Max Planck institutes and Indian authorities
  • Promoting MPG’s exchange and research programs
  • Monitoring the research landscape in India
  • Representing the MPG at meetings, conferences and exhibitions
  • Expanding and maintaining an Alumni network for Max Planck researchers in India
  • Preparation and organization of events and preparing and accompanying delegation visits
  • Providing support to researchers of MPG in India, as well as to Indian students and scientists coming to Max Planck Institutes
  • Liaising with the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH)

 Profile and Competencies

  • Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in sciences, engineering or medicine
  • Work Experience of at least three years, preferably in the area of science communication or science administration in Germany
  • Knowledge of both the Indian and German science and higher education systems, preferably through own study or research experience at a Max Planck Institute
  • Capability of strategic thinking and writing
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Transparency in working and a team-oriented work ethic
  • Excellent communication skills as a basis for interaction with multidisciplinary research teams in India and Germany
  • High commitment and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with diverse organisation units of the MPG and the international community
  • Proficiency in English and Hindi. German language skills desirable


  • This full-time position is offered initially for one year on the basis of a consulting agreement with the possibility of further extension; less than full-time employment may be considered
  • The liaison officer will report to the Scientific Officer for India or the Head of International Relations at the Max Planck Society´s Division for International Relations, Munich, Germany
  • The salary level will be based on experience and in line with the salary regulations of employees of similar qualification in India
  • The candidate will get job training at the MPG/MPIs in order to intensify his/ her knowledge of the German science system and the research programs of the MPG
  • The place of work will be at the offices of the German House for Research and Innovation, New Delhi
  • The position will require frequent travel within India and occasionally to Germany as well as occasional evening and weekend hours

Application Procedure

Please send your application with your bio-data via e-mail by 30 November, 2016 to:

Renate Bischof-Drewitz,

Unit for international relations of the Max Planck Society

E-mail-address: [email protected]

Only e-mail applications will be considered. All applications will be handled confidentially.

Applicants will be notified by December 10, 2016 whether they are shortlisted. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in December 2016/January 2017.

For further details about the Max Planck Society, please click here.


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