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Career at the DPZ

Around 400 people with very diverse professional backgrounds work at the German Primate Center GmbH (DPZ). The work areas include animal care, administration, operational technology and IT, as well as various scientific disciplines. An international, open atmosphere defines the working atmosphere, which benefits from flat hierarchies. The DPZ is proud of its high staff diversity, as well as the close networking of research and teaching within the Göttingen Campus. Diverse measures for the compatibility of work and individual lifestyle, for equal opportunities, safe working and health promotion characterize the DPZ as an employer.

We welcome all new colleagues at regular information events, where the management and the works council introduce themselves and where the animal husbandry at the institute can be visited. The Institute's intranet also provides extensive information and advisory services.

In cooperation with the Welcome Centre, the Human Resources Department offers comprehensive support for researchers, professionals and managers. Andrea Backhaus (Head of Human Resources) is your contact for service and advice.

If you would like to apply for a DPZ job advertisement, please send your documents to the following e-mail address: bewerbung(at)

Young academics

Support of young academics is an important aim of the DPZ. Closely cooperating with the University of Göttingen and the Veterinary and Medical College in Hannover, students from all over the world work on their Bachelor-, Master-, or PhD-degrees at the DPZ. In graduate schools the postgraduates are throroughly prepared for their scientific career.
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Eine Technische Assistentin im Labor


The DPZ offers different kinds of apprenticeships, depending on the demand in our several departments. In principle we offer professional training in following jobs: clerk, animal keeper specialising in research and clinics as well as qualified IT specialist focusing on system integration.
Trainee positions

[Translate to English:] Ein Doktorand am Setup zur Bewegungsanalyse. Foto: Thomas Steuer

Courses offered for students

The DPZ works closely with the University of Göttingen. Many of our scientists offer lectures, seminars and practical courses on current topics.
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Working at the DPZ

We are devoted for the compatibility of work, family and private life. This special commitment is implemented by our intentive personnel policy concerning family and life stage and was continuously rewarded by the certificate berufundfamilie since 2010. 

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What is the next step after the PhD?

The career paths after a successful degree are very diverse. We asked former DPZ doctoral students to tell us what happened after they graduated.

Alumni resumes

Andrea Backhaus

Andrea Backhaus Head of Human Resources +49 551 3851-105 +49 551 3851-183 Contact

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