Offers (D1)

The interests of the (around 40) research group members includes data structures, graph and network algorithms, computational geometry, parallel and external algorithms, computational complexity, combinatorial optimization, graph drawing, on-line algorithms, randomized algorithms, computational biology and implementation of algorithms and program libraries. The group consists mainly of young researchers of several nationalities. Our working language is English. The group collaborates with several of the major research institutions in Europe and USA and has a high international visibility. There is generous travel support available for all group members.

We are looking for applicants in all of the above areas. For some specific topics where we are particularly looking for new group members refer to the bottom of this page. Applicants working in our group are expected to interact with group members and are encouraged to initiate research in their individual areas of specialization.

The Max-Planck-Society intends to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.


We have suspended our regular summer internships. New offers will be posted as soon as they become available.

Long Term Visits

If you would like to visit the Algorithms and Complexity Group for an extended period of time (more than a month), send your CV and a short description of your plans for the visit to Kurt Mehlhorn.

Postdoc Positions

Postdoctoral fellowships are available for one or two years.

Every year, a bundle of positions starting in September or October is offered. Deadline for the 2017 round is January 1st, 2017. Electronic applications are mandatory.

Postdoctoral Scholarship for Excellent Women

The Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF) is inviting applications from female postgraduate computer scientists for a two-year research scholarship. The MPI-INF encourages women to excel in computer science and become active role models and leaders in the field. More on the webpage of the Max Planck Postdoctoral Scholarship for Excellent Women in Computer Science.

Ph.D. Positions

For all Ph.D. scholarships granted by the institute, turn to the web pages of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS). There you will find all kinds of useful information, details about the application process, as well as the official contact address. It is possible to enter the IMPRS already with a bachelor's degree.

We encourage you to apply specifically for a Ph.D. position at the Department of Algorithms and Complexity. However, all applications have to be submitted via the online form found on the IMPRS webpage. Thus, if you plan to join our department (or already know whom you want to be working with), please specify this in the cover letter of your online application.

External Fellowships

Potential postdoctoral fellows and long term visitors may also consider applying for fellowships from external sources. In particular, the institute has already hosted scientists with

You may also consider fellowships offered by organizations from your home country or by the DAAD the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

For external fellowships, the institute will provide the necessary support as a host site to an application from a qualified individual with an appropriate research plan.

Ph.D. and Postdoc Positions in the research area Theory of Distributed and Embedded Systems

We invite applications for Ph.D. and Postdoc positions in the research area Theory of Distributed and Embedded Systems. Our research spans a broad range. At one end of the spectrum, we are interested in all aspects of the theory of distributed systems. At the other end, we apply these principles in the development of fault-tolerant hardware, including FPGA and analog/mixed-signal ASIC prototypes. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants with a background in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, computer engineering, or related fields.

Successful applicants will take part in an ERC Starting Grant project, which has the ambitious goal of devising highly robust, yet efficient systems that do not rely on centralized clocking methods. The teaching load is low and there is room to explore other research avenues; especially postdocs are encouraged to follow their own research agenda next to the ERC project.

For informal inquiries as well as filing an application, please send an email to Christoph Lenzen ( A typical application should contain your CV, publication list, a brief statement (up to about one page) of your motivation and research interests, and your two most interesting publications (links suffice).