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The Administrative department at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam is managed directly by the administrative chairman. The administrative staff provides all commercial and executive services for the basic operations of core tasks within science and research at the AIP.

The core tasks of the Administrative department are:
  • Financial management of the institute
    with a budget of ca. 16 million Euros
  • Human resource management
    for ca. 190 staff members
  • Settlement of legal matters and
    local contract management
  • Commercial procurement implementation
    with a purchasing volume of ca. 6 million Euros
  • Management of third party funds
    and grants
  • Management of the “Johann-Wempe-Stiftung”,
    a fiduciary foundation
  • Travel expense management
  • Building supervision
  • Logistics and waste management
  • Infrastructure management
    and building services
  • Corporate investment management
  • Support of science
    and technology transfer
  • Safety and health in the workplace and
    protection of the environment at the AIP
  • Social affairs

The administration is divided into these divisions:

  • Personnel and Legal Affairs
  • Finance
  • Central Services

The headquarters of the AIP is the research campus in Babelsberg, Potsdam. Beyond this, the administration supports the antenna field in Bormim, and the Einstein Tower and Great Refractor on Telegrafenberg. The administration provides its services in a multifaceted and dynamic research environment. Working within its core tasks, the administration sees to the specific and demanding needs of science and research.

The lean administrative body ensures efficient and effective provisions for science. Currently, there are 14 staff members available for this purpose. Measured against the 190 employees of the AIP, the administrative department makes up only 7.5 percent of the staff. Therefore, the ratio of full time jobs to administrative jobs is 14 : 1 (Full-time : Administrative).

(as of November 2013)