Positions and Fellowships

Research Scholar

Deadline
September 30, 2016
Department / Research Group
Department III
Inquiries

For questions concerning the research project and Department III, please contact Prof. Dagmar Schäfer; for technical questions regarding the application portal, for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please first contact the Department secretary.

Address

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

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Dep. III, Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge, Director: Prof Dagmar Schäfer,

seeks an outstanding scholar for the position of a

Research Scholar

Starting date 01 September 2017

 

TVÖD E14-15, roughly comparable to assistant professor/associate professor.

(For further reference see: http://oeffentlicher-dienst-info/tvoed/bund/)

The position is for three years, with the possibility of renewal for another three years.

Candidates should have a doctorate in hand and a strong publication record in the field of history of science and technology, preferably with a regional focus on Asia. They should show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications or other achievements. A previous postdoctoral position is desirable.

Applications from scholars working in the fields of the history of science in Asia are especially welcome.

Research projects may concern any historical period. Research projects within the following areas are particularly welcome:

- The Body of Animals: (https://www.mpiwgberlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/departmentSchaefer_Animals), Animals as Methods, questions concerning animals as resources and energy

- Histories of Planning: (https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/departmentSchaefer_HistoriesOfPlanning), in particular projects related to scale and scaling as a scientific practice and tool of production and/or science as collective knowledge

- Local Materialities: (https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/departmentSchaefer_SPC_MS_LocalGazetteers)

 

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute (http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/index.html).

International experience is highly desirable. The administrative responsibilities of Research Scholars within the Department are decided in consultation with the Director and will be shared with other members of the scholarly staff.

 

There are no formal teaching obligations, but the Institute and Department hold regular colloquia. The MPIWG provides excellent support for research, including travel funds and the opportunity to organize conferences on topics related to the Research Scholar’s interests. Salaries are commensurate with academic experience and qualifications.

 

It is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications may be submitted in German, English, Chinese or French.

 

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

 

Candidates are requested to submit their applications online using the following link: https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/dep3_resschol_2016.nsf/application

Your application should contain – to be uploaded as 1 PDF document: Cover letter, CV, publications list, research prospectus, writing sample, names and email contact of three referees

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2016 (23:59 CET)

Note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. (deadline electronically)

While all applications will be acknowledged by email, only successful applicants will be contacted personally.

Interviews will preferably take place between 3-5 November 2016.

Position remains open until filled.

 

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Research Scholar (postdoctoral)

Deadline
September 30, 2016
Other Departments / Research Groups
Research Group "Epistemes of Modern Acoustics"
Inquiries

For questions regarding the Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics,” please contact Prof. Viktoria Tkaczyk (tkaczyk@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

For questions on the position, the Institute, or administrative matters, please email the Research Group secretary’s office (officeacoustics@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

Address

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

“WiMi Epistemes of Modern Acoustics”

Boltzmannstrasse 22

14195 Berlin

Germany

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin,

Max Planck Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics,” Director: Prof. Viktoria Tkaczyk (for further information on the Research Group, see https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/de/research/projects/RGTkaczyk), is offering

one Research Scholar (postdoctoral) position

for two years, tenable from January 1, 2017.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or related field at the time the position begins, and be able to show evidence of scholarly excellence in the form of initial international publications.

Research projects may concern any cultural context throughout the modern era (including the present). Although projects must have a history-of-science component, both the human and natural sciences are included under that rubric, and additional relevant disciplinary perspectives are welcome.

Research projects within one of the following two main areas are sought:     

    —The genealogy of acoustic knowledge in the modern era

    —Sonic strategies of knowledge production in the modern era

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute (www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/index.html). The working language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Applications may be submitted in German, English, or French.

The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching and with minor administrative duties for the Research Group. Remuneration is based on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13, or up to E14 depending on qualifications).

Applications should include a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research proposal on a topic related to the project (750 words maximum), and the contact details of two referees who are willing to provide a reference if you are shortlisted. Please send your application in electronic form as a single PDF document, addressed to:

 

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

“WiMi Epistemes of Modern Acoustics”

Boltzmannstrasse 22

14195 Berlin

Germany

 

using the following applications portal: https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/pd_mprg_2016.nsf/application

 

by September 30, 2016 (23:59 h PST).

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by October 15, 2016, and interviews will take place in the week commencing November 14, 2016 (travel costs to be reimbursed by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science on the basis of the Federal Travel Expenses Law).

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the proportion of women in those areas in which they are currently underrepresented. We therefore specifically encourage women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals, and applications from disabled people are especially welcome.

 

 

 

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Specialist Librarian for Sinology

Deadline
October 21, 2016
Inquiries

For inquiries regarding the position, please contact Ms. Esther Chen (echen@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de); for inquiries on the application process, contact Ms. Tanja Neuendorf (tneuendorf@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

Address

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

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) wishes to enlarge the team of its research library, and is seeking a

 

Specialist Librarian for Sinology

 

for a two-year position, to begin as soon as possible. Remuneration is based on the German TVöD

scale, up to grade E14 depending on qualifications.

 

The MPIWG is one of the more than eighty research institutes of the Max Planck Society, and is among the leading centers for research into the history of science. It offers excellent working conditions for its scholars and promotes the sustainable application of digital methods in the humanities.

 

Your tasks:

- researching, selecting, acquiring, and cataloguing Chinese sources and secondary literature in the Common Library Network (GBV)

- advising individual scholars who are researching East Asian sources related to the history of science

- creating bibliographies

- providing information skills training in the area of East Asian studies with a focus on sinology

- supporting the library management in the maintenance of existing cooperative agreements and the creation of new collaborations with collections and institutes in East Asia studies as relevant to the history of science

- supporting digitization projects by making digital material accessible and curating East Asian sources

 

Your qualifications:

- successful completion of a master’s degree and, preferably, a PhD in sinology

- very good knowledge of classical Chinese; fluent spoken and written modern Chinese and English

- sound knowledge of Chinese culture

- experience in the tasks of a research library and sound knowledge of library-related IT applications

- command of the pinyin transliteration system for Chinese characters

- familiarity with the cataloguing of Western and Chinese titles (we use PICA following the German handbook RAK-WB)

- understanding of the structure of holdings for sinological sources and secondary literature

- familiarity with the Chinese book market (PR China, Taiwan, Hong Kong)

- knowledge of the relevant electronic resources in East Asian studies

- very good oral and written communication skills, teamwork, reliability, and ability to work under pressure

- the flexibility to adapt to a continually changing academic environment, and an independent style of working

 

Desirable skills and knowledge:

- knowledge of a second East Asian language (Japanese, Korean)

- knowledge in the field of digital humanities

 

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the proportion of women in those areas in which they are currently underrepresented. We therefore specifically encourage women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals, and applications from disabled people are especially welcome. Our Institute places great value on the compatibility of work and family life. We support our employees by offering family-friendly working hours, opportunities to work at home, and help in finding appropriate childcare facilities and schools.

 

 Please send your application (letter; résumé; copies of qualifications; contact details of two referees), in a single PDF file, exclusively through our online application portal:

 

https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/chinese_studies_librarian.nsf/application

 

Your application must be received by

 

October 21, 2016 (23:59 CET)

 

Please note that only applications submitted electronically can be considered.

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