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The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (MPI for Brain Research) in Frankfurt/Main is a vibrant research institution in the field of basic biological and medical research,
with a focus on understanding the functions of the brain’s circuits. Our institute has approx. 300 employees in three research departments and four research groups, as
well as several service units.
We are looking to recruit an experienced and motivated
Head of Administration (m/f/d)
starting on 01st December 2019.
Your responsibility is to lead and further develop a team of about 20 experienced administration personnel in human resources, purchasing, accounting and general services
serving the pursuit of scientific knowledge in a leading research institute.
In particular, your responsibilities are:
Oversight / governance / responsibility for all administrative operations
Best practice implementation and continuous improvement of budgetary, purchasing and personnel operations
Cooperation with all other units of the institute, in particular the scientific departments and research groups, facility management, animal facility and IT group
Consulting and risk assessment in all administrative, regulatory and budgetary matters to support the board of directors
Close interaction within the network of administrative leaders in the Max-Planck-Society Germany-wide
Degree from a College or University in administrative, legal, business or other fields or alternatively, proof of corresponding certificates in case of an equivalent vocational training and relevant professional experience, ideally in a scientific environment
Experience in handling complex administrative topics
Team spirit and leadership qualities, ideally with experience in leading administrative teams
Keen on implementing best-practice procedures and striving for operational excellence Excellent knowledge of English and German for communication in an international research environment in oral and written form
We are looking for:
An open-minded, motivated person with great communication skills
A can-do spirit, flexibility, assertiveness and planning competence
An ideal combination between a hands-on understanding of complex regulatory contexts, interest in pragmatic approaches, demonstrated leadership skills, solution-oriented spirit and ability to delegate to a competent team
A permanent position with all benefits of the public service in a friendly and dynamic work environment with regular working hours
A highly interactive atmosphere and support within an international and collaborative institute
A state-of-the-art technical infrastructure
Education and training
A corporate pension plan
Family service (in house baby and kids room, on-campus child day care center)
In house Cafeteria and Bistro
Corporate Health Management (e.g. sport courses)
Free parking on the institute’s premises
The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified
individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those fields where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply
The compatibility of work and family is very important to us; we offer the possibility of childcare in the Kairos child care facility nearby our institute. Further information
can be found on our homepage www.brain.mpg.de.
Please send your full and comprehensive application stating your salary expectations by Oct 31st as a single pdf file to the Max Planck Institute for Brain
Research, Office of the Managing Director, Max-von-Laue-Str. 4, 60438 Frankfurt, e-mail:
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
- Office of the Managing Director -
60438 Frankfurt am Main