Max Planck Research Groups / Junior groups

Max Planck Research Groups / Junior groups

Max Planck Research Groups have been a key part of support of junior scientists for over 50 years. They provide postdocs with a first-rate support to help them on their scientific career paths – the appointment of Group Leader positions is subject to a rigorous, centrally managed selection procedure.

There are two types of Max Planck Research Groups: Institute-specific and open-topic Groups. If Max Planck Institutes have the budget required, they can offer the first type. These Max Planck Research Groups are then usually thematically linked to the Institute concerned.

In addition, the Max Planck Society funds and calls for applications for open-topic Max Planck Research Groups. The appointment of all Max Plank Research Group Leaders is subject to a rigorous selection procedure which is coordinated centrally. In the case of open-topic Research Groups, there is a fixed number of positions especially designated for female scientists.

Max Planck Research Groups at the MPI

The independent Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) "Current-Carrying Quantum Dynamics" (CCQD) led by Dr. Ingo Barth was started in December 2014. The research of the CCQD group focuses on three research subareas: Ionization dynamics in strong circularly polarized laser fields, Analysis and control of electron and nuclear currents, Development and documentation of STEM terms in German sign language.
The Alexander von Humboldt Sofia Kovalevskaja Group is led by Dr. Mazhar Ali and began operation in December of 2016. We are working on an interdisciplinary approach to using and exploring properties of topological materials and applying lessons learned from the field of topology in new ways. Our research topics include; investigation of Hall effects and their dependence on Berry curvature and Fermi surface geometry, exploring properties of Josephson Junctions made from topological materials, using topological compounds to assist in the detection of dark matter, and exploring the interplay of frustrated magnetism with unconventional topology in exfoliable 2D materials (including spin liquid candidates).
The independent Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) "Schröter Lab for Quantum Materials & Technologies" led by Dr. Niels Schröter was started in May 2021.
Many of the most promising device concepts for future quantum technologies are relying on carefully designed electronic interfaces. We aim to create such interfaces guided by advanced electron spectroscopy. Our group is currently growing, and we are looking for prospective team members to help us make the materials of the future.
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