Welcome

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Are you interested in IPK? You are warmly welcomed!

IPK is a leading crop plant research institute which offers both young and experienced scientists the very best possible conditions to conduct R&D. Its state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, not to mention its excellently qualified staff, guarantee a high level of research performance. Its extensive networking with institutes, universities and companies both within Germany and internationally enables its research to be focused on issues of global importance.

IPK employs over 500 people, of whom 180 are scientists originating from more than 30 countries. IPK is an attractive place to work, as exemplified by our welcoming culture, which is central to the work environment at the Institute.

Of course, we all know from experience that a change of job and the associated move present challenges. Among the many questions which would be employees ask are “What do I need to have done and when?”, “What do I need to do to ensure that my work starts smoothly?”, “Where can I find suitable accommodation?”, ”What awaits me in the IPK guest house?” and “What cultural and leisure activities are available?”.

Our "Welcome Guide" should be able to help you take your first steps and will certainly answer many of your questions. Our contact persons are always available to help you and your family to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Initially, it would be definitely worthwhile to take a look at our checklist.

The ResearchCampus which houses IPK is located in Gatersleben, a small town of about 2,500 inhabitants in the Salzlandkreis, close to both the Harz Mountains and the World Heritage city of Quedlinburg. For centuries, the region has been dominated by agriculture, yet despite the establishment of several companies, the town has retained much of its charm and rural character.

Gatersleben is well connected to both the national highway and railroad networks, allowing for easy access from all parts of the country. The international airport Leipzig/Halle is within convenient reach by either road or train. The town and its surroundings offer opportunities for numerous cultural and leisure activities, as well as giving easy access to a number of nearby popular excursion destinations, such as the Saale and Elbe floodplain forests, the lakes left behind by the mining industry and the Harz Mountains, Germany’s northernmost German low mountain range featuring the 1,141 meter high Brocken. Besides Quedlinburg, the region boasts several attractive towns, notably Halberstadt, Wernigerode, Thale, Blankenburg, Aschersleben and Halle.