Positions and Fellowships

Student Assistants

July 27, 2016
Other Departments / Research Groups
Dept. III

For further information please contact Chaonan Zhang, the Editorial Assistant for Chinese Publications in Dept. III: czhang@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de


Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Berlin

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Department 3 is looking to employ

two student assistants (up to 60 hours per month):

Starting date: as soon as possible limited until March 31, 2017 with the possibility of extension.



Assisting project members with the organization of scientific events, the maintenance and updating of the department website and helping to maintain databases and digital repositories.

Native Chinese speakers with a good command of German and/or English and native English speakers with a good command of German  and/or Chinese are encouraged to apply. Ability to read classical Chinese is considered an advantage. Applicants must be in at least their third semester of study at a university in Berlin or Brandenburg. They should have a good working knowledge of modern information technology and the ability to work both independently and in a team.

The salary is paid according to the rates for student employment in the frame of the Max Planck Society’s program to support junior scientists (10,98 Euro/hour).

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer; the Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Information about the Institute can be found at: http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Please apply to applications_dept3@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

attaching a letter of application, CV, and a scan of your current Immatrikulations-/Semesterbescheinigung by 27 July 2016.

Only electronic applications will be accepted.


Editorial Assistant/ Assistant of the Director

July 31, 2016
Other Departments / Research Groups
Dept. III

For inquiries, please contact the office of Department III: schaeferoffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de.


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is seeking to appoint an

Editorial assistant / assistant of the director up to 60%, 2 years

The post is tenable from October 1, 2016. The newly appointed colleague will join the team of Department III "Artefacts and Action in Systems of Knowledge", Director: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer. Candidates with experience in academic management and in editorial tasks, fluent in English and Chinese are invited to apply.

Your profile

We are looking for an energetic colleague to organize academic events and support our guests, fellows and international attendants; proficient in editorial tasks and the management of international directorial office; excellent written and spoken English and Chinese; further language abilities are most welcome. We are seeking a colleague with a genuine interest in academic work and basic historical knowledge; comprehensive digital literacy (DTP and office), internet skills and the ability to work in a team and to contribute to collegiality; experience of working abroad are welcome.

We offer

A highly diversified and fascinating task in a family friendly and international atmosphere. Salary according to TVOD, depending on qualifications up to grade 12, bandwidth see http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tvoed/bund/; part-time (up to 60%).

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

Applications (covering letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, photo) should be sent as one single PDF document exclusively through our online application portal


by July 31, 2016  (23:59 CET).

Please note: we can only accept applications submitted electronically through the application portal.

Applicants who have been shortlisted for the position will be informed by August 8, 2016 and should be available for an interview on August 15 or 16, 2016. If you do not hear back from us within 2 weeks after the closing date for applications, please assume that unfortunately on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.


Max Planck Research Group Leader Position/ University Professorship (Employment)

July 31, 2016
Department / Research Group
Max Planck Research Group

For inquiries, please contact Ms. Tanja Neuendorf (tneuendorf@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de) or Dr. Hansjakob Ziemer (hjziemer@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany

The Max Planck Society and the Technische Universität Berlin (Faculty I, Institute of the History of Philosophy, Literatur and Technology) invite applications for a joint

Max Planck Research Group Leader position/ University professorship (employment) - remuneration in line with salary grade W2

for the field of History of Science

at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the TU Berlin.

Reference number: I-260/16 (starting at the earliest possible/for 5 years)

Working field: The successful applicant will serve as a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the MPIWG. She or he will be required to cover the area named above in research and teaching (with a reduced teaching load of one course per semester) at the Technische Universität Berlin. She or he will contribute to the organization of the MA Programme “Geschichte und Kultur von Wissenschaft und Technik” and the BA Programme “Kultur und Technik mit Schwerpunkt Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte” (courses can be taught in German or English).

Requirements: Candidates must qualify for appointment according to the requirements of § 100 BerlHG, including a university degree, an excellent scientific record demonstrated by a PhD and a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) or equivalent, pedagogic and educational capabilities, to be given proof of by a teaching portfolio (for more information see TUB website, quick access no. 144242).

The successful candidate will have a distinguished research background in the history of science, either directly or as a focal area within the social sciences, humanities, engineering, a science discipline or interdisciplinary field of study (e.g., area studies, cultural studies, or history of technology). Applicants should have received their PhD no longer than five years before the application deadline.

Successful applicants will have the aptitude to lead a research group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. In addition to administrative support and the working opportunities at the institute, the endowment will include funds to employ research fellows, to invite visiting scholars, and to award scholarships. The group will be funded for a period of five years.

The successful applicant will be required to participate in the Max Planck Institute’s cooperation ventures in establishing the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge.

Max Planck Society and Technische Universität Berlin strive to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourage qualified female researchers to apply. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. Max Planck Society and Technische Universität Berlin are certified family-friendly higher education institutions, and the TU Dual Career Service offers assistance to you and your family when relocating to Berlin.

Complete applications will include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position and relevant experience; a curriculum vitae with three letters of recommendation; a list of publications; a brief outline of intended research (no longer than 750 words); an official certification (such as a diploma) of all academic degrees awarded to date.

Applications must be received through our online application portal: https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/mprg_leader_2016.nsf/application by July 31, 2016  (23:59 CET).

Please note: we can only accept applications submitted electronically through the application portal.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

July 31, 2016

For questions concerning the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge, please contact Dr. Hansjakob Ziemer (hjziemer@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de). Questions on the application process may be addressed to Tanja Neuendorf (tneuendorf@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Berlin

As part of the enhanced cooperation on the history of knowledge between the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, we are advertising two

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

starting September 1, 2016 (or later) for up to two years.

The postdoctoral fellows will contribute to the further development of the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge—the network through which the partner institutions anchor the history of knowledge in teaching and research in Berlin—and to reflection on the foundations of the research field. Alongside their own research, successful applicants will therefore be expected to organize joint working groups, colloquia, or workshops. They will be allocated a workspace at the MPIWG.

Applications are invited from early career scholars with a proven record of outstanding research in the history of knowledge or the history of science. Candidates must have completed their doctorate by the time the fellowship begins, and the Ph.D. should not have been awarded more than five years previously. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in theoretical questions. They are asked to submit suggested topics for their own research projects addressing the boundaries between the history of knowledge and the history of science, in one of the following thematic focus areas:

1) The focus area “practical knowledge” looks at domains in which knowledge emerges or is applied in systematic combination with practice, revealing the dynamic relationship between praxis and knowledge development;

2) The focus area “fieldworks of knowledge” covers the whole spectrum of practices, strategies, negotiations, and reflections around working with, and on, knowledge in the field. In the narrower sense, this refers to sites located outside the laboratory or the researcher’s office, which have come to typify the humanities.

The value of the fellowships follows the internal guidelines of the participating institutions, based on the stipends of the Max Planck Society (€2,100–€2,500 per month). Applications are welcome from candidates of all nationalities. Women are expressly invited to apply, and we specifically encourage applications from people with disabilities.

The selection process is organized jointly by the participating institutions. Please send a curriculum vitae, list of publications, outline of your research project within one of the two focus areas (max. 750 words), the names of three referees, and copies of your qualifications. These documents must be submitted as a single PDF file,

by 31 July 2016 (23:59 CET),

via the following online portal:


Please note that we can only accept applications submitted electronically through the application portal.

For further information on the scholars involved in this postdoctoral program, see www.wissensgeschichte-berlin.de/en/postdoc-programm.


Studentische Hilfskraft

August 3, 2016
Department / Research Group
Department I

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin

Die Nachwuchsgruppe D-5-5 „Waagen zwischen Wissen und Innovation“ (Leitung: Dr. Jochen Büttner) im Rahmen des Exzellenzclusters 264 TOPOI – „The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations“ in der Wissenschaftlichen Abt. 1 des Instituts, sucht

eine studentische Hilfskraft (40 Std./Monat)

Beschäftigungszeitraum: zum nächst möglichen Zeitpunkt bis 30. November 2017

Arbeitsort: TOPOI-Haus Berlin Mitte, Hannoversche Straße 6, 10099 Berlin

Vergütung: gemäß den Stundensätzen für die studentischen Beschäftigten im Rahmen der Nachwuchsförderung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (zur Zeit 10,98 Euro/Std.)

Anforderungen: Hochschulstudium ab 3. Semester an einer Berliner oder Brandenburger Hochschule, sicherer Umgang mit modernen Informationstechnologien, Fähigkeit zu selbstständigem Arbeiten und Teamfähigkeit, gute englische Sprachkenntnisse, Vorkenntnisse in der Arbeit mit 3D-Daten erwünscht.

Aufgabengebiet: Unterstützung der Forschergruppe (Nachwuchsgruppe D-5-5 des Exzellenzclusters TOPOI) bei der Organisation und Durchführung von wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen, Erstellung und Pflege von Datenbanken, Literatur- und Objektrecherche. Inhaltlicher Aufgabenschwerpunkt ist die Bearbeitung von 3D-Daten.

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ist bemüht, mehr schwerbehinderte Menschen zu beschäftigen. Bewerbungen Schwerbehinderter sind ausdrücklich erwünscht.

Interessierte Studenten/innen senden bitte ihre Bewerbung inklusive Lebenslauf und einer aktuellen Original-Immatrikulations-/Semesterbescheinigung

bis zum 3. August 2016

mit dem Kennzeichen SH D-5-5

an Dr. Jochen Büttner: buettner@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de


Project Manager for Digital Projects

August 5, 2016
Other Departments / Research Groups
Dept. III

For administrative questions or questions on the application process please contact Karin Weninger (schaeferoffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin

The Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) is seeking a

Project Manager for Digital Projects, one year

at the earliest possible date.

Department III Artefacts and Action in Systems of Knowledge

Accountable to: Director, Head of Library, Head of Information Technologies, Digital Content Curator

Responsible for: project management for digital research projects of the Department. This includes, among others, supporting the Local Gazetteers Project, Drugs Database and the Visualizing Heavens project, organizing and overseeing the data collection and technical development as well as the research activities involved in the project.

Tenure: A full time position for 1 year.

Pay Scale: TVöD E13/E14, roughly comparable to assistant/associate professor. (For further reference see: http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tvoed/bund/).

Job Summary:

The Project Manager for Digital Projects will manage several digital humanities projects of Dept. III, including among others the Local Gazetteers Project, Drugs Database and the Visualizing Heavens project, to make sure the various projects progress toward their goals in technical development and data collection in order to support research. This position will be in close collaboration with the Director and the Digital Content Curator of Dept. III to set up roadmaps for these projects to execute the plans. The manager will liaise independently with research scholars, library staff, IT technicians, and content suppliers.


  • Background in East Asian Studies, Library/Information Sciences, or Computer Science.
  • Familiarity with historical sources on East Asia (digital and material), library categories and database/ data management/ digital humanities projects.
  • Fluency in English and Chinese. Additional language skills are welcome.
  • Profound experience in independent and pro-active project management combined with a sense for team-work.
  • Ability to manage the complete project life-cycle of digital documentation materials, their use and analysis.
  • Proficiency in digital humanities working methods (Metadata standards, mark up standards, GIS, mapping, and visualization tools).
  • Programming and technical skills in text processing,
  • Experience in software development and content-management systems.
  • Aptitude for creating technical and training guidelines and documents.

The MPIWG is an international, interdisciplinary institute. International experience is highly desirable. There are no formal teaching obligations. Administrative responsibilities are decided in consultation with the Director and shared with other members of the scholarly staff. The MPIWG provides excellent support for research, including travel funds.

Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max-Planck-Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

If after reading through this description and visiting the pages of department III (see https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/departmentschaefer), you have further questions, please contact Prof. Dagmar Schäfer (dschaefer@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

For administrative questions or questions on the application process please contact Karin Weninger (schaeferoffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

Your application should consist of a one page covering letter that addresses key selection criteria, a brief CV, and the names and contact details of up to three professional referees – ideally, as a single Word or PDF document with your name and the position title as the document’s name. Please also provide a work sample (link or reference welcome).

Only electronic applications are accepted.

Applications should be submitted no later than August 5, 2016, by 23:59 (CET) through our online application portal:


While all applications will be acknowledged by email, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted personally, and we appreciate your patience during this time.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed and should be available for an interview on August 12, 2016. If you already know that you are unavailable at this time, please make mention of this in your covering letter.

Position remains open until filled.


Mitarbeiter/in in der Systemadministration

September 4, 2016

Für weitere Fragen nach dem Besuch unserer Website kontaktieren Sie bitte Dr. Ohad Parnes (oparnes@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de). Verwaltungstechnische Fragen sowie Fragen zum Bewerbungsprozess richten Sie bitte an Frau Birgitta von Mallinckrodt (fokooffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de)


Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Berlin

Das Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (MPIWG) sucht zum nächst möglichen Zeitpunkt zur Verstärkung des zentralen IT-Teams eine/n

Mitarbeiter/in in der Systemadministration

(in Vollzeit, zunächst auf zwei Jahre befristet)

Das MPIWG ist eines von mehr als 80 Instituten der Max Planck Gesellschaft e.V. und eines der weltweit führenden Forschungszentren für die Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Es bietet exzellente Arbeitsbedingungen für seine Wissenschaftler/innen und fördert nachhaltig die Anwendung digitaler Methoden in den Geisteswissenschaften.

Für die Forschung am Institut werden intensiv computergestützte Tools und Methoden genutzt. Dazu gehören ein komplexes Serversystem (sowohl physisch/dezidiert wie auch VM), eine hoch aufgerüstete individuelle Arbeitsplatzumgebung, zahlreiche digitale Archive und Datenbanken, web-basierte Forschungsprojekte und mehr.

Für die Verstärkung unserer zentralen IT-Serviceeinheit suchen eine/n hochqualifizierte/n und motivierte/n Systemadministrator/in, die/der auch Interesse und Bereitschaft zeigt, die IT-Infrastruktur zu unterstützen und weiterzuentwickeln, auch in enger Zusammenarbeit mit den IT-Forschern und Abteilungen unseres Instituts

Das Aufgabengebiet

  • Koordination der zentralen IT-technischen Themen im Institut
  • Betrieb und Weiterentwicklung der IT-Landschaft
  • Mitarbeit an IT-gestützten Systemen für die wissenschaftlichen Anforderungen
  • Betreuung der Clientsysteme (vornehmlich Mac)
  • Mithilfe bei der Administration unserer Server- und Storageumgebung
  • Überwachung verschiedener Systeme (Nagios etc.)
  • Koordination von Benutzerberatungs- und Helpdesk-Aufgaben
  • Strukturierte Dokumentation der Arbeit
  • Konzeptionelle Arbeit in allen IT-technischen Angelegenheiten

Ihr Profil

Sie haben ein Studium der Informatik abgeschlossen bzw. verfügen über eine vergleichbare Qualifikation. Idealerweise haben Sie bereits Berufserfahrung in den genannten Bereichen. Folgende Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten setzen wir voraus:

  • Fundierte Kenntnisse der Linux, Mac und Microsoft Betriebssystem- bzw. Server-Familien
  • Solide Netzwerk Grundlagen (Switching und Routing)
  • Erfahrungen zum Thema Backup (Server und Client) sind von Vorteil
  • Gute Fachkenntnisse auf dem Gebiet Virtualisierung
  • Erfahrungen zum Thema Firewalling sind von Vorteil
  • Fundierte Kenntnisse in IT-Security
  • Ein kooperativer und strukturierter Arbeitsstil
  • Flexibles und lösungsorientiertes Denken, selbständiges und verantwortungsbewusstes Arbeiten
  • Teamfähigkeit und weitreichende Kommunikationsstärke
  • Fließende Deutschkenntnisse, sowie gute Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift.


Es erwartet Sie eine abwechslungsreiche und sehr verantwortungsvolle Tätigkeit mit hoher Eigenverantwortung in einem kleinen, jungen und motivierten Team. Wir bieten berufliche Fortbildungsmöglichkeiten in einem dynamischen internationalen Umfeld.

  • Das Entgelt richtet sich je nach Qualifikation nach dem Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD Bund). Daneben werden Sozialleistungen entsprechend den Regelungen für den öffentlichen Dienst gewährt. 

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft will den Anteil von Frauen in den Bereichen erhöhen, in denen sie unterrepräsentiert sind. Frauen werden deshalb ausdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben. Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, mehr schwerbehinderte Menschen zu beschäftigen. Bewerbungen Schwerbehinderter sind ausdrücklich erwünscht. Wir legen an unserem Institut großen Wert auf die Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie, wir unterstützen unsere Mitarbeiter durch eine familienfreundliche Gestaltung der Arbeitszeit, wir bieten Möglichkeiten für home office, und wir helfen bei der Suche nach geeigneten Kinderbetreuungsmöglichkeiten und Schulen.

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