Research Scholar (postdoctoral)

September 30, 2016

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, 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 ( 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



using the following applications portal:


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.





For questions regarding the Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics,” please contact Prof. Viktoria Tkaczyk (

For questions on the position, the Institute, or administrative matters, please email the Research Group secretary’s office (