Research Scholar

November 15, 2015

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Dept. III, Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge,

Director: Prof Dagmar Schäfer, seeks an outstanding scholar for the position of

Research Scholar

Starting date 01 September 2016

(TVÖD E 13/14, roughly comparable to assistant professor/associate professor).

The position is for three years, with the option for renewal.

Candidates should have a doctorate in hand and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications and other achievements. Evidence of intellectual versatility, in keeping with Dept. III projects and its interdisciplinary and trans-regional research agenda (Website Dept. III), is required.

Research projects should address the history of science in Asia or East Asia pre 1800. Especially encouraged are projects concerned with the field of historical animal studies.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute (Go to Homepage).

International experience is highly desirable. The administrative responsibilities of Research Scholars are decided in consultation with the Director and 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 this link: Go to online application

Deadline for submissions: 15 November, 2015

Note that only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Candidates will be invited to an interview in the week starting 08 February 2016. If you already know that you will be unavailable at this time, this must be stated in your cover letter.


Your application should contain

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • Writing sample (article, book chapter; maximum 10,000 words)
  • Description of current research project, (maximum 1000 words)
  • Names of email addresses of three referees

For questions concerning the research project and Department III, please contact Prof. Dagmar Schäfer (; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration (, or Dr. Ohad Parnes, Research Coordinator (