Family life

At the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, we do our best to help you combine your professional life and your family life.

  • Flexible working hours and option for part-time working
  • Support of parental leave and when returning to work
  • Cooperation with bme Familienservice

We are still a relatively young institute, so many aspects of this undertaking are currently being explored. For instance, the institute is currently investigating the possibility of childcare places.

The Max Planck Society has been awarded a certificate by berufundfamilie Service GmbH in 2006, acknowledging its policy to find family-friendly solutions to personnel management.

For employees, please follow this link to the intranet page for more information on equal opportunities at our institute and the MPG.


Below we list some links that may be helpful when exploring opportunities for partner’s work, parental leave, and childcare:

Jena Business Development promotes science and other highly qualified jobs in Jena. They provide information on the Welcome Services they offer here: (German only)

Organisation that aims to improve family life in Jena, they also organise courses for parents and young babies and playgroups for toddlers.

In Jena, information on childcare facilities is maintained by the council, with information on who to contact regarding Kindertagespflege (daycare) found here:

Information on how the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena supports families is found here:

The FSU Jena also organises a flexible childcare facility on the Uni-Campus, Ernst-Abbe-Platz 5. This can be used by MPI members under a ‘guest’ rate.üro/JUniKinder.html

The Neue Mitte shopping centre (in the Jentower, 2nd floor) offers flexible childcare as well. It is located inside INJOY Lady fitness, but it is not limited to people who do fitness there. Cost is 2 euro per hour.


Nationwide and beyond:

A great resource for female researchers is “Frauen in die EU-Forschung”, an initiative of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung:

Their websites are in German, but they state they are happy to answer questions in English.


If you are interested in measures to improve gender equality in research and academia, have a look at the toolset put together by the DFG:

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