Scientific Project Coordinator (f/m/d) Department of Neuroscience
Max Planck Instititue for Empirical Aesthetics
Frankfurt am Main
The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, is a scientific institution that investigates the
attentional, cognitive and affective mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation.
The Institute currently has an opening for a
Scientific Project Coordinator (m/f/d)
in the Department of Neuroscience.
The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA) is seeking a Scientific Project Coordinator to manage an
international open science collaboration involving partners in Europe, the USA, and China. You will be working closely with
the project leader (Prof. Lucia Melloni) to coordinate activity among scientific and technical team members from eleven
academic partner institutions, MPIEA administration, and IT.
This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of an open science model for large-scale collaborations. We
are looking for an internationally experienced scientist with knowledge of science management, networking, and
international collaboration, and a keen interest in developing practices and procedures for open science.
Your responsibilities will include:
You will support, coordinate, and/or manage
Supporting an international research team to ensure performance of research projects and initiatives in
accordance with timeline and within approved budget;
Ensuring compliance with ethics protocols across the consortium;
Preparing evaluation reports;
Managing third party funding (proposals, planning, administration, reporting);
Developing user manuals, training materials, and other documents as needed to enable successful
implementation and turnover of processes and systems to collaborators and to the research community;
Developing and maintaining the project website;
Organizing workshops, travel, and other internal and external events;
Overseeing general administrative processes in the department and among members of the project;
Identifying and evaluating successful and unsuccessful project elements.
Advanced academic degree (a master's or equivalent degree or, ideally, a PhD) in natural sciences,
engineering, and/or related fields;
Proven planning, organizational, analytical, and administrative skills, including prior experience in
Very good command of written and spoken English;
Good command of German is a plus;
Flexibility and the ability to quickly adapt to new situations and learn new systems, and to work independently
as part of a geographically distributed team (involving different time zones);
Strong computer literacy and proficiency, using a range of software packages and online collaboration tools;
Exceptional organizational talent;
Ability to think methodically and to manage projects, subcontractors, budgets, schedules, and personnel;
Ability to maintain an overview of the project while attending to and coordinating detailed technicalities;
Ability to take initiative and work independently with a proactive attitude, while being able to prioritize multiple
tasks and develop contingency plans when needed;
Experience in the field of third-party funding applications and the organization of scientific conferences;
Writing skills, which are needed for periodical reports, the website, ongoing documentation of the project, and
materials disseminated to the scientific community.
An exciting, challenging, and versatile job at the interface of science and administration in a highly topical field
of research in human neuroscience;
An international and attractive working environment;
Opportunities for further education and training;
Facilities with state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure;
Flexible working hours.
The earliest start date is August 1, 2020.
The position initially is for a limited period of two years, with an extension possible.
Salaries are determined following the salary scale of the German TVÖD Bund*, dependent on qualifications and
experience; in addition, substantial social benefits are provided, in accordance with the German civil service legislation.
The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We are also committed to increasing the number of
individuals with disabilities in our workforce. Therefore, applicants of all genders and backgrounds are welcome.
Please submit your application including a CV, testimonials, and a cover letter describing your background, experiences
and motivation as well as the names of two referees who have agreed to be contacted – preferably all together in a single
pdf file – no later than July 31, 2020, to