Equal opportunities officers

The gender equality officers Irene Weinzierl and Annemarie Verkerk are the contact persons for all institute¹s employees with questions on combining professional and family life and equality in the work environment in general.

Annemarie Verkerk
Phone:+49 3641 686-829

Room 123

Family life at the MPI SSH

At the MPI SHH, 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.

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


Company than promotes science and other high-qualification jobs in Jena. They have some info on dual careers here:


http://www.familienzentrum-jena.de (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: http://www.jena.de/de/stadt_verwaltung/stadtverwaltung/dezernat4/fd_jugend_bildung/team_kindertagesbetreuung_kita/316209

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.


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.


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