Reconciliation of Work and Family Life

Reconciliation of Work and Family Life

We value highly the compatibility of having both a family and a career and we strive to make this possible at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. We support our employees in various ways, whether you are in the stage of planning a family or need to make arrangements for child care.

Planning a family

Many of our researchers take the state-funded parental leave ("Elternzeit", up to 12 months) when they have a child. We encourage both men and women to take advantage of this time with their growing family and help them reintegrate into their work environment after their return.

When a female employee who is based in a laboratory becomes pregnant we work on an individual solution to allow her to continue her scientific work without endangering herself or her child.

Parents of small children

To ease the return to work of parents with small children we have a designated family office, in which the mother or father can do computer-based work while the child plays in our lovingly decorated play area. A changing facility is also available.

For special events at the institute, such as summer schools and conferences, we offer child care to allow parents to participate fully. When a parent has to travel for work, we can contribute financial aid for child care on an individual basis.

Child care and elder care

We offer our support when employees are looking for permanent child care places for their children. For example, we have made arrangements with several child care facilities for 1-6-year-olds in the vicinity of the institute that provide places for our employees' children.

The Max Planck Society also has a contract with the pme Familienservice which is a platform for connecting seekers and providers of child and elder care. Employees can use this platform without charge but pay for the services found through it.

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