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PhDnet Report 2018


Regler,  Benjamin
Theory, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

Einhorn,  Laura
International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;


Lasser,  Jana
Max Planck Research Group Physics of Biological Organization, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;


Vögele,  Martin
Department of Theoretical Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Max Planck Society;


Elizarova,  Sofia
Molecular neurobiology, Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Max Planck Society;


Bäuerle,  Felix
Max Planck Research Group Biological Physics and Morphogenesis, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;


Wu,  Charley
Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Max Planck Society;

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Regler, B., Einhorn, L., Lasser, J., Vögele, M., Elizarova, S., Bäuerle, F., et al. (2019). PhDnet Report 2018. doi:10.17617/2.3052826.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-844F-0
The Max Planck Society is one of the leading non-university research institutions for basic research in Germany. As of 2018, there are more than 5100 doctoral researchers working at 85 Max Planck institutes. The work that the doctoral researchers contribute is vital to furthering the research upon which the Max Planck Society generates its scientific excellence and its renowned international reputation. To this end, a crucial step is a proper evaluation of the situation of doctoral researchers in the Max Planck Society and an assessment of the positive and negative aspects related to their work. This report is the result of such a large-scale survey, organized by the PhDnet and conducted among doctoral researchers in 2018. It focuses on overall working conditions, good scientific practice, supervision, and on family planning. It builds on the successful completion of similar surveys (in 2009, 2012, and 2017), and enables comparisons over time and institutions. Results are statistically representative of the situation of doctoral researchers within the Max Planck Society and broadly confirm most of the trends in previous surveys.