Lise Meitner Award Postdoctoral Fellowship

Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science

The Max Planck Institute for Informatics is looking for excellent female computer scientists, offering them PostDoc positions to develop their scientific ideas without exertion of influence. The PostDoc positions are funded by the Lise Meitner Award. It is a two-year tax-free postdoctoral research fellowship including business expenses. This grant is according to the fellowship rules of the Max Planck Society: it usually amounts to 3,000 Euro/month and is completed by a compensation for business expenses of 10,000 Euro/year.

Fellows will be chosen based on the strength of their academic background and research credentials. Applications should include a CV, a cover letter, a publication list, a short research plan (one page is enough), and two references, that will be contacted later to provide recommendation letters. The application can be submitted here:
For the coming year (2024), we have a rolling deadline for application. This means the deadline for application is open year-round and applications will be processed every three months. Applications received before/on March 31, 2024 AoE will be processed in the first round.

Find more information about different research groups at MPI-INF here:

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About the Max Planck Institute for Informatics

The Max Planck Society is Germany's largest society for fundamental research with more than 30 Nobel Prize winners, including Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard - one of the few female Nobel Laureates. The research institutes of the Max Planck Society are nationally and internationally renowned as Centers of Excellence in foundational research.

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for lnformatics is devoted to cutting-edge research in computer science and technology with a focus on algorithms and their applications in a broad sense. Its research ranges from fundamental topics (algorithms and complexity, automation of logic) to a variety of application domains (computer graphics and vision, internet architecture, databases and information systems, and computational biology). The MPI for lnformatics is located on the campus of Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany.

The Saarland University campus is also home to the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Helmholz Center for Information Security (CISPA), the Center for Bioinformatics, and the Graduate School of Computer Science. These institutions cooperate closely and comprise a total of more than 300 researchers in computer science. The institute collaborates with several of the major research institutions in the world and has high international visibility.

The MPI for lnformatics strives to provide a family-friendly work environment, with day care opportunities for smaller children and other means of support for working mothers.

Current Lise Meitner Award Fellows

Currently three young female researchers are supported by the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship: Xinting Hu, Jiang Li, and Nidhi Rathi – presented here.

Former Lise Meitner Award Fellows

In 2020, four researchers received the : Jiangxin Dong, Erisa Terolli, Roohani Sharma, and Lingjie Liu. They are presented on this webpage:

In 2018, three researchers received the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship: Qiuhong Ke, Eunjin Oh and Sophie Tourret. They are presented on this webpage.

In 2016, four researchers received the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship:Hang Zhou, Qianru Sun, Shida Beigpour, andDaria Stepanova. They are presented on this webpage.

The researchers who received the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship before 2016 are:

  • Zeynep Akata (2014 – 2016)

Before Zeynep joined MPI for Informatics, she received her MSc in 2010 from RWTH Aachen and her PhD in 2014 from the University of Grenoble. From 2011 to 2014 she was a graduate student at INRIA Rhone-Alpes and a Research Engineer at Xerox Research Centre Europe, France. Her research focuses on zero-shot and few-shots learning methods for large-scale and fine-grained image classification.

  • Anna Adamaszek (2012 – 2014)

Anna Adamaszek obtained her PhD in Computer Science in 2012 from the University of Warwick, UK. She joined the Algorithms and Complexity Department at the MPI for Informatics in September 2012. Her main research areas are approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems, in particular for geometric problems, and online algorithms. In 2014 Anna joined Copenhagen University, Denmark, as a postdoctoral researcher.

  • Anke van Zuylen (2010 – 2012)

Anke van Zuylen graduated in 2008 with a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University, U.S.A. Afterwards she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science in Bejing, China. She stayed with the Max Planck Institute for lnformatics in Saarbrücken for two years in the Algorithms and Complexity Department. Currently, Anke van Zuylen is an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, United States. Her research interests lie in the design and analysis of approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems which arise in areas such as information science and network design, through the use of techniques from mathematical programming.