Organizational Structure of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry



Ulrich Nauber

Scientific Officer to the Managing Director
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Eva-Maria Hölscher

Assistant to the Managing Director
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Organization of the Institute

The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry currently consists of eleven departments, three Emeritus groups and about 30 research groups with their own research focus. These are supported through fifteen central scientific and general service facilities. With more than 800 staff – including approximately 470 scientists – the institute is one of the largest in the Max Planck Society and unique in its interdisciplinary approach.

The directors of the individual departments are simultaneously Scientific Members of the Max Planck Society and collectively make the institute's executive decisions. Every two years one of the directors assumes the position of Managing Director and another is given the position of Deputy.

In order to maintain a high scientific standard, an advisory board of international scientists regularly assesses the research undertaken at the institute. A board of trustees, composed of scientists as well as representatives from industry and politics, supports the integration of the institute's work into the wider social context.


Managing Director: Herbert Jäckle (2015-2016)

Deputy Managing Director: Gregor Eichele

Head of Administration: Manfred Messerschmidt

Scientific Members

Directors, Scientific Members
Emeritus Directors

Otto D. Creutzfeldt (†)

Manfred Eigen

Dieter Gallwitz

Peter Gruss

Thomas Jovin

Manfred Kahlweit (†)

Hans Kuhn (†)

Leo De Maeyer

Bert Sakmann

Erwin Neher

Fritz-Peter Schäfer (†)

Hans Strehlow (†)

Jürgen Troe

Klaus Weber

Albert Weller (†)

Victor Whittaker

External Scientific Members

Sydney Brenner

Vladilen Letokhov

Tom Rapoport

Ernst Ruch

Hermann Schmalzried

Jürgen Wolfrum

Group Leaders

Max Planck Research Group Leaders
Max Planck Fellows
Research Group Leaders
Project Group Leaders (without Department affiliation)

Biomedical NMR Research GmbH

Jens Frahm

Employee Representatives

Ombudsperson of the Institute
Hans-Dieter Schmitt

Section Member of Scientific Staff
Dietmar Riedel

Equal Opportunity Representative:
Anastassia Stoykova 



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