Postdoctoral Fellowship (Dept II)

February 28, 2016

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Department II (Lorraine Daston), announces one

                           Postdoctoral Fellowship

starting date September 1, 2016 – ending date: June 30, 2019.

Outstanding scholars no more than three years past the award of their doctorates are invited to apply.

The fellowships will be awarded in conjunction with the research projects of the Department:

Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or a related field at the time the fellowship begins. The quality and relevance of the project rather than the discipline in which the doctoral degree was awarded will be decisive in the award of fellowships. Priority will be given to applicants whose projects complement the research initiatives of the department. However, postdoctoral fellows are expected to carry out their own individual research programs.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( It is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications may however be submitted in German, English, or French. The fellowship includes a travel fund of 2000 € annually. Postdoctoral fellows may host one workshop in their field of expertise.

Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in the research activities of the Institute. Fellows will be employed on a contract basis including social security benefits within the TVöD E13 range of the German system.

Candidates are requested to send a curriculum vitae, publication list, research prospectus (maximum 750 words), and one sample text (e.g. a journal article, book chapter, dissertation excerpt; maximum 10,000 words). These materials must be submitted as one single PDF-document. Candidates should also arrange for two reference letters (one of which should be from the candidate’s doctoral advisor) to be sent separately.                                                                                                                                                         

All application materials (including reference letters) must be submitted no later than

February 28, 2016 (23:58 CET)


Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be accepted.

Finalists may expect a decision by March 31, 2016.



For questions concerning the research project and Department II, please contact Dr. David Sepkoski (; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß (, Head of Administration, or Dr. Ohad Parnes (, Research Coordinator.