MPL & Family

Family friendliness at MPL

Since reconciling work and family life is assuming ever more and more importance, the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light offers extensive support to help you strike a balance between the two.

We enable a flexible handling of your daily family responsibilities through innovative worktime stuctures.

We work with the family service company "pme", which provides childcare services, homecare options for family members and elderly care.

Your partner's career is important to us. The Dual Career Netzwerk Nordbayern offers a comprehensive service to support your partner continuing her or his career in the region.

The Max Planck Society is the only German scientific organisation that has been awarded a non-profit-making PLC "work and family" certificate, which acknowledges its family-oriented personnel policy. To meet these requirements we make every effort to put together individual packages of measures in accordance with the personal circumstances. Please feel free to contact us!

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light offers:


  • Childcare places in the AWO nursery Anny Frank

  • Flexible working hours and option for part-time working

  • Support during the parental leave and when returning to work

  • Individual care solutions from the pme family service

  • "workandfamily" certification

  • Equal opportunities representative in the institute

  • Member of the Dual Career Netzwerk Nordbayern

Contact Welcome Center

Carolin Gacha-Avdic

phone +49 9131 7133 812

Contact Equal Opportunities Representative

Katrin Bauer

phone +49 9131 7133 301