Positions and Fellowships

One Fellowship for Three Months (RG Art and Knowledge…)

Deadline August 4, 2014
Department / Research Group Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe
Inquiries

For questions concerning the Max Planck Research Group on Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe, please see http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/MRGdupre or contact Sven Dupré; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider, Research Coordinator.

For enquiries concerning the C&R’s component of the fellowship, please contact drs. Suzanne Maarschalkerweerd, programme manager C&R, FGw, University of Amsterdam.

Address

https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/uvadupre_2014_04.nsf/application

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe; Director: Prof. Dr. Sven Dupré) in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage programme; contact: drs. Suzanne Maarschalkerweerd, programme manager C&R) announces one fellowship for three months between January 1 and December 31, 2015.

The tenure of the fellowship is to be divided between the two institutes: the first and third months will be spent at the MPIWG, the second month at the UvA (“Ateliergebouw”). The fellow will be offered research facilities at both institutions.

Outstanding junior and senior scholars (including those on sabbatical leave from their home institutions) are invited to apply. Candidates should hold a doctorate or should be engaged with research in the history of science and technology, in the history of art and art technology, in conservation and restoration or in a related field at the time of application and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications and other achievements.

Research proposals should address the history of knowledge and art and culture up to the eighteenth century, and may concern any geographical area within Europe, and any object of the visual and decorative arts. Projects related to ongoing projects, esp. ‘early modern materials and art technologies’ at the Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe will receive preference. The proposal should make clear how the project would benefit from the resources and contribute to the research culture of the programme Conservation and Restoration of Cultural heritage from the University of Amsterdam. Visiting fellows are expected to take part in the scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the relevant project of the Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium 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. Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend of 1.365 € (predoctoral fellows), between 2.100 € and 2.500 € (postdoctoral fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (postdoctoral fellows from Germany), whereas senior scholars receive an honorary commensurate with experience. The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science covers also the round trip travel costs from the fellow’s home institution and a round trip Berlin-Amsterdam.

The University of Amsterdam traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with some 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and a budget of more than 600 million euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted at seven faculties including Humanities. Over time, the UvA has risen to international prominence as a research university, gaining an excellent reputation in both fundamental and socially relevant research. The UvA's thriving doctoral programmes provide an excellent foundation for engaging in high-quality teaching and research. The UvA seeks to offer an inspiring international academic environment in which both staff and students can develop their talents optimally.

The result of a merger between the Faculties of Arts, Philosophy and Theology in 1997, the Faculty of Humanities not only houses an assortment of established and respected disciplines, including Art History, History and Archaeology but also such pioneering research fields as Conservation and Restoration. One of the important components of the humanities is ‘culture’. Aligning with the existing research of the Faculty, the academic orientation on ‘culture’ can be enclosed in an historical and an analytical approach. The UvA is the only Dutch university offering the study programme Conservation and Restoration (consisting of eight specialisations). The restoration of objects and research remain core aspects of the programme, which takes five years to complete. The eight specialisations each have their own atelier where objects are worked on under supervision. Researchers from the Cultural Heritage Agency and conservators of the Rijksmuseum work together with UvA students and lecturers in the Ateliergebouw, a building with laboratories and studio’s. The Ateliergebouw is also the home of the Dutch centre of expertise of conservation research and art technology in the Netherlands (under construction). Conservation and Restoration is a relatively new academic discipline. Research in conservation must be relevant to the restoration process, with a fair amount of collaboration taking place with art historians and scientists. The research results of lecturers and students are actively disseminated at (inter)national congresses, symposiums and lectures.

The UvA will offer a workplace as well as access to all facilities. The Visiting Fellow will be based in the Ateliergebouw and be expected to participate to the research culture of the centre. S/he will be expected to contribute a research seminar and to provide some guest lectures for the students of the programme during the period of the fellowship.

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 a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research proposal on a topic related to the project (750 words maximum), one sample of writing (i.e. article or book chapter), and names and addresses of two referees (including email) who have already been contacted by the applicant to assure their willingness to submit letters of recommendation if requested, under:

https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/uvadupre_2014_04.nsf/application

by August 4, 2014.

A committee with representatives from the Max Planck Institute and the UvA will assess the applications. Successful candidates will be notified before September 15.

For questions concerning the Max Planck Research Group on Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe, please see http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/MRGdupre or contact Sven Dupré; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider, Research Coordinator.

For enquiries concerning the C&R’s component of the fellowship, please contact drs. Suzanne Maarschalkerweerd, programme manager C&R, FGw, University of Amsterdam.

For more information about the UvA and its resources, visit the website.

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Student Assistant (Episteme)

Deadline August 8, 2014
Department / Research Group Department 1, Project CRC 980 – Episteme in Bewegung (Episteme in Motion), Sub-project B6 – Formation of Cosmological Knowledge in the Pre-Modern Era: Transmission and Change in Diachronic and Trans-cultural Perspectives
Inquiries

For further information please contact Dr Pietro Daniel Omodeo at:
E-Mail: pdomodeo@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Address

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Verwaltung, Kennwort stud.HK SFB Episteme
Boltzmannstr. 22
14195 Berlin

Department 1, Project CRC 980 – Episteme in Bewegung (Episteme in Motion), Sub-project B6 – Formation of Cosmological Knowledge in the Pre-Modern Era: Transmission and Change in Diachronic and Trans-cultural Perspectives (Jürgen Renn, Pietro Daniel Omodeo) is looking for a student assistant with good knowledge of Latin and familiarity with English (40 hours per month):

Other requirements:
Applicants must be in at least their third semester of study for a first degree 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. Preference will be given to students who have some knowledge of further classical and scholarly languages (e.g. Arabic or Italian - able to read).

The position, starting on September 1, 2014, is limited until September 30, 2015 with the possibility of extension.

Duties:
Assisting with editorial work on scientific texts (especially in English and German), assisting with the language and copy editing of scientific manuscripts (especially in Latin), assisting project members with the organization of scientific events, helping to create and maintain databases and digital libraries.

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.

Applications - including a letter of application, CV, and the original copy of the current Immatrikulations-/Semesterbescheinigung - should be sent by August 8, 2014 to:

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Verwaltung, Kennwort stud.HK SFB Episteme
Boltzmannstr. 22
14195 Berlin

For further information please contact Dr Pietro Daniel Omodeo at:
E-Mail: pdomodeo@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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Head Librarian

Deadline September 15, 2014
Department / Research Group Library
Inquiries

For administrative questions please contact Ms. Claudia Paass, Head of Administration.

Address https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/head_lib_2014.nsf/application
Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be accepted.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) seeks a Head Librarian (to begin no later than January/February 2015) to:

  • Support the research of scholars in a wide range of specialties
  • Oversee the acquisition of works in both paper and digital form
  • Coordinate an extensive inter-library loan program
  • Supervise a staff of 6 fulltime librarians
  • Develop strategies for integrating new techniques and sources for interdisciplinary research in the humanities
  • Represent the Institute at national and international forums on the future of research in the humanities

The MPIWG is the world’s largest research institute in the history of science, with projects spanning many disciplines, cultures, languages, and epochs. Its library contains 70.000 printed volumes, including a small collection of rara and many digital sources. With the support of its library, the MPIWG has made pioneering contributions to the digital humanities.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • A university degree in a relevant field (not necessarily library science)
  • Experience as a research librarian
  • Familiarity with digital research collections and methods
  • Mastery of several languages
  • Ability to lead and commitment to aiding researchers

The position is ranked up to the BAT Ia / TVöD E15 level in the German system, which roughly corresponds to that of associate professor. Salary is set by both the position’s rank and individual factors, including social security benefits.

Candidates are requested to submit as a single PDF-document a cover letter, curriculum vitae including list of publications, copies of certificates and names of three 3 referees who may be contacted and asked to submit letters if the candidate is among the finalists for the position

No later than September 15, 2014 (23:58 CET)

to: https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/head_lib_2014.nsf/application
Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be accepted.

Finalists for the position will be informed by mid October, 2014 and asked to come for an interview (travel expenses covered by the Institute).

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

For administrative questions please contact Ms. Claudia Paass, Head of Administration.

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

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