Work and Family

Everybody has a family. Sometimes, there is need for additional support, for example child or patient care. There are offers for the reconciliation of career and family within the Max Planck Society. Please have a look at:

Support and services around the family
Since 2008, employees of the MPG have been entitled to childcare and long-term care services from external family service providers – at present, this is pme. The range of services has continuously been expanded.
The framework agreement includes extensive consultation and arrangement of childcare services as well as care counselling and possibly care placement for relatives in need of care. Any placement and consultation fees incurred are borne centrally by the MPG. The actual service, e.g. childcare provided by childcare staff, is to be paid by the parents themselves.
The service can be reached via a central hotline under the number 0800-801007080 or the service portal "My Family Service" (here). Before contacting pme, please obtain a entitlement certificate from your administration. more
Reconciliation of family and career
Professional challenges compete not infrequently with private family interests. The Max Planck Society offers extensive support to ensure that the two can be sensibly combined. In summary: We take account of the needs of our employees in our working culture. We operate a family-conscious personnel policy, as we want to be an attractive employer for highly qualified employees in an international environment – and to offer a seal of approval in the process.
Postdoctoral and PhD student parents can apply for a childcare subsidy for children aged between three and 36 months. Please contact the HR department. more
City of Hamburg – Child Daycare
See also the video in the left column.
General information about child daycare, schools and benefits for families in Hamburg
Furthermore, detailed information about the daycare voucher system is provided.
In case you live in Schleswig-Holstein, please also have a look at the webpages of your local community.

Bringing your kids to the CFEL building

In the CFEL building (building 99) at the campus Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, a diaper changing table is available on the ground floor, in the handicapped persons’ restroom.

Please contact your Equal Opportunities Representative, or the HR department!

The new MPSD building (under construction) will offer a fully equipped family office. We are looking forward to it!

Family Office at the University of Hamburg
PhD students also affiliated to the University of Hamburg may also make use of the University of Hamburg’s family office. more
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation
The Foundation for the promotion of science and research, initiated in 2004, supports talented young women with children. It aims to enable them to create the freedom and mobility required to further their scientific careers. The Foundation wishes to help prevent science from loosing excellent talent. It is aimed specifically at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of experimental natural sciences and medicine.

Upcoming application deadline: November 30, 2022. more
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