Equal opportunities for all - this principle is upheld both in the Max Planck Society and at our institute. We promote employees regardless of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural origin and sexual identity, because their diversity is the basis for cutting-edge research.
Currently, about 230 people work at the institute. Of the approximately 130 scientific employees, more than 50 are doctoral students. About 60% of the employees are from international backgrounds and come from more than 30 different countries. We have an institute-wide share of women of just under 45%.
In order to live up to our claim, we offer the following opportunities for our employees:
On September 30, 2018, the Max Planck Society (MPG) was awarded the audit certificate of berufundfamilie Service GmbH and the Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung for the fifth time (after 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2016). This award is under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. The MPG is thus setting an example of the permanent anchoring of family-conscious personnel policy in the corporate culture.
Our Equal Opportunity Officers support particularly women in the scientific and technical field in their professional development and advocate for the compatibility of family and career.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office aims to raise awareness on diversity and inclusion topics through activities such as workshops and seminars and as a contact point to discuss concerns and/or conflicts of a related character.
To attract the best scientists and staff to the Max Plack Institute for Biogeochemistry, we also try to help newcomers find professional career opportunities from the accompanying partners.
Several daycare centers in Jena offer - also bilingual and integrative - childcare for your youngest. The Beutenberg daycare center is primarily available to employees of the Beutenberg Campus institutions.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion room C4.003 provides a space for the employees of the MPI-BGC for wellbeing activities while in the work environment. The room can have many uses that include, for instance, nursery, pray and meditation room and we rely on the understanding of the employees to judge and prioritise the activities in case of simultaneous use. In addition, the DEI office is in contact with the Directorship to include a seperate DEI room in the new building of the MPI-BGC.