Postdoctoral Fellows (Dept. III)

November 30, 2016
Department/Research Group

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

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


Two Postdoctoral Fellows, starting date: 01 September 2017

for three years, with employment contract.

The positions are in close conjunction with the research agenda of Dept. III (


Outstanding junior scholars with suitable experience in science studies, technology studies, economic history, STS, anthropology, regional studies or other relevant fields are invited to apply.


Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or related field at the time the position begins (PhD achieved in 2015 or later), and be able to show evidence of scholarly excellence in the form of initial international publications. Research projects should relate to the two major projects currently pursued at the Department:

Histories of Planning (

and The Body of Animals (


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in the research activities of the Institute, and to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications may be submitted in German, English, Chinese or French.

The positions are primarily devoted to research, with no teaching. Remuneration is based on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13).

Candidates of all nationalities are invited 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:

Deadline for submission:  30 November 2016 (23:59 CET)

Note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Your application should contain – uploaded as 1 PDF document:

  • Cover letter, (indicating in which project you are interested)
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • Research prospectus (maximum 750 words)
  • Sample of writing
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees

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 (