Recruitment Process


We have set up a multi-step recruitment process with the goal of identifying people with right mix of skills, experience, and future potential. In general, this involves an assessment of the paper application based on academic accomplishments and professional experience, structured interviews, presentations, and on site visits. 

Our communication policy aims to maintain an objective and fair hiring process for all applicants. Communication between candidates and institute will be primarily by e-mail. We acknowledge every submitted application immediately with an automatic e-mail response. During the hiring process, all successful applicants will receive notifications on the next steps via e-mail. In due course, candidates who have not been short-listed will be informed by email.

We value diversity and are committed to carrying out a transparent recruitment process for every position. There may be minor variations, but in general our selection process has the following structure:

 
Application
Applications are submitted through our online recruitment portal. The required application documents are described in the job advertisement for each advertised position and include in general a research interest letter, CV, education, and contact details of two referees. Applications via email can unfortunately not be accepted. After submission of your application, you will receive an automatic email confirming that your application has been received. To be eligible for review, your application must be submitted before the deadline stated in the job advertisement.
 
Application screening
Following the application deadline, your application will be checked for eligibility and reviewed by the hiring committee.
 
Visit 
Short-listed applicants will be invited to Berlin. Our team will support you with necessary travel and hotel arrangements and will provide a letter for the organization of visas if required. The meeting schedule will be sent well in advance. During the visit, you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your research through a presentation, discuss your research interest in a panel interview, followed by a series of one on one interviews with the selection committee members. Please use the opportunity of the on-site visit to meet with other members of the research group. An information session is organized for visitors to learn about work-life balance policy, and other HR-related topics you may want to discuss.  
 
Offer
After your visit, all candidates will receive feedback within a few days. At this stage, if you have been successful you will be made an offer.
 
Inclusiveness and diversity
We value and recognize diversity as advantage to successful scientific enterprise, collaborative work, and day-to-day interactions in an international research institute. Promoting an inclusive work place that supports people from all backgrounds, we are committed to provide a collegial and supportive environment of professionalism, and politeness.

The working language of the program is English.

Gender Equality
We are meeting the situation that approximately half of the PhD students in Europe are women, however the levels of women researchers decrease at the postdoctoral level and drop dramatically in leadership positions. These facts demonstrate a dramatic waste of talent and resources in education, research and the labor market.
 
To overcome this imbalance, MDC has joined the H2020-funded project “LIBRA”. Together with 12 top European research institutes of the EULIFE alliance, MDC is actively working on the improvement of our institutional policies in four areas:
   1. Recruitment policies and procedures
   2. Career development and training
   3. Work-life balance
   4. Sex and gender dimension of research
 
In a first assessment, the current status of gender equality at MDC was analysed. Based on these findings, a tailored Gender Equality Plan was developed which contains detailed actions to:
   • Remove gender bias during recruitment
   • Provide mentoring, training, and career development opportunities to all scientific staff
   • Raise awareness
   • Create a flexible and family-friendly work environment and increase work-life balance for MDC employees
   • Raise excellence by including sex and gender dimension in research
   • Increase attractiveness of MDC as an employer for female