Hermann von Helmholtz House at night.


The administration at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) advises and supports scientists. The following departments provide all necessary administrative and technical services.

Science Administration



Trust in biomedical research can only be achieved through an open dialogue with society. Our communications are not just intended for the media, but also for schools, policymakers, and interested citizens as well as our partners and our staff. We report with transparency and accuracy on all MDC matters.



Animal Facilities


The Animal Facilities Department at the MDC is responsible for organizing the breeding and keeping of all our laboratory animals as well as safeguarding their health and hygiene. The department also advises scientists on how best to conduct experiments with animals.



Research Funding


Scientists at the MDC assist in the funding of research by applying for and managing international, European, and national grants (third-party funding). 





The Strategy Office supports and advises the Board of Directors and PIs in the strategic development of the center. It coordinates the institutional cooperations of the MDC (BIH, DZHK, EU-LIFE) and its positioning within the Helmholtz Association. 



Postdoc Office


The MDC Postdoc Office supports the career development of our postdoctoral researchers by offering orientation sessions, courses, career counselling, mentoring, and coaching. Our goal is to support Postdocs in their career planning and advancement. Whether they aim at staying in academia, switching to a career in industry, science management or science communication, or whether they plan to found their own company  -  we offer resources and contacts to help them find the way into their individual professional future.



Graduate Office


The Graduate Office is a central service provider for all MDC PhD students. Its services include the annual project assessment carried out by the PhD Project Committee, organizing scientific lectures and seminars, and providing support with matriculation and career development. 



Biological and Laboratory Safety


The Department of Biological and Laboratory Safety is responsible for developing laboratory health and safety concepts and monitoring their implementation. Its role is therefore to minimize any possible hazards involved in conducting laboratory experiments, operating technical equipment, or carrying out office work. 




Administration and Infrastructure



The Personnel Department is responsible for all areas of human resources management at the MDC. Its main duties include looking after the needs of employees and guest researchers, providing management consultation, and overseeing personnel planning and development.





The Finances Department coordinates and oversees the general financial situation of the MDC, including its internal and external accounting, budget control, and liquidity management. This department is also responsible for compiling the MDC’s annual financial statements.



Internal Audit


The Internal Audit Department performs independent auditing and consulting services on behalf of the Board of Directors. Its role is to improve, for example, business, management and monitoring processes through organizational and system audits and compliance checks.



Funding Resources Management DZHK


The MDC is a member of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), which brings together non-university research centers and university clinics in collaborative research projects. The Department of DZHK Funding Resources Management within the MDC is responsible for managing and allocating DZHK funding.





The IT Department forms the central control hub of the MDC’s information technology infrastructure. It creates the technological conditions necessary for the working groups to conduct their scientific research and for staff to carry out administrative processes.

All questions or problems relating to computer security should be sent in email to helpdesk@mdc-berlin.de.





The MDC Library provides a modern collection of scientific literature, information, and media in conventional and electronic formats. The literature in the library is oriented towards the MDC’s specialist research areas. 



TFM Construction


The core activities of the Department of Technical Facility Management (TFM) Construction include participating in the campus’s strategic expansion plans and helping to prepare, plan, and implement all MDC construction projects.



TFM Operation


The Department of Technical Facility Management (TFM) Operation assumes operational responsibility for the MDC’s research facilities and technical infrastructure, ensuring a high degree of availability and reliability as well as compliance with statutory safety standards.





The Purchasing Department organizes the acquisition of all goods and services for the MDC, including planning and construction services. Additional tasks include receiving goods, warehouse management, and central device management.



Central Services


The Central Services Department is an all-round service provider, ensuring that organizational processes at the MDC have the resources they need to enable the successful work of all working groups, departments, research fields, and employees.



Legal Affairs


The Department of Legal Affairs & Technology Transfer is the single point of contact for all legal queries. It is also responsible for managing the commercialization of the MDC’s research findings.



Data protection


Corruption prevention




Postal address
Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (MDC)
Robert-Rössle-Str. 10
13092 Berlin (letters)
13125 Berlin (parcels)

Phone: +49 (0)30 9406 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 949 4161