Rosalind-Franklin Scientist-in-Residence Program

The Rosalind-Franklin Scientist-in-Residence (RFSR) Program of the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin (MPZPM) provides outstanding scientists the opportunity to perform independent research at MPZPM.

The RFSR program can be used by junior scientists as well as senior scientists for a research stay of up to one year. An applicant can benefit from the RFSR program maximally twice.

In addition to a monthly allowance, the RFSR fellows might qualify for extra funds towards their research project. RFSR fellows are provided with office and lab space and have access to state-of-the-art technical support at MPZPM, including workshops, micro- and nanofabrication as well as microscopy facilities. They are encouraged to take an active part in the academic and social life at MPZPM.


Applications to the RFSR Program can be submitted at any time and should include

  • Curriculum vitae          
  • List of selected publications (max. 15)
  • Short (max. 2 pages) sketch of the proposed research
  • Proposed period of time for conducting research work at MPZPM
  • Names of two experts who can act as reference

The scientific board of MPZPM decides on the submitted applications based on scientific excellence of the proposed research project and its relevance for MPZPM.

We gladly answer any questions you might have and look forward to your application!

Please send applications to:

About Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 - 16 April 1958) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer with important contributions to the understanding of various molecular structures. She is best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA while at King's College London, which led to the discovery of the DNA double helix for which Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in 1962.


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