Editorial Assistant (m/f/d)

Oktober 09, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) is an internationally respected research institute of the Max Planck Society (MPG) with three research departments, several research groups, and a graduate school. Around 350 employees and numerous guests from all over the world are currently working at the Institute.

Department II: Knowledge Systems and Collective Life, led by Dr. Etienne Benson, seeks to appoint an

Editorial Assistant (m/f/d)

(permanent 50 %-contract, TVöD E12)

starting on January 1, 2024.

The newly appointed colleague will join the team of Department II, which focuses on the relationship between knowledge systems and collective life. Researchers in the department use historical and ethnographic methods to explore the relationship between these overlapping domains in the past and present. Further information about the department can be found here. The working language of the department is English.

Your responsibilities:

  • copyediting, proofreading, formatting according to publishers’ style sheet, creation of bibliographies and indexes for academic texts in English, and possibly German and French or Spanish
  • the setting up and day-to-day management of academic publication projects, including editorial work for English-language collective volumes and journal issues (in cooperation with student assistants)
  • translating academic texts into English
  • correspondence with authors and publishers, and organization of publication workshops (in cooperation with the departmental assistant and student assistants)
  • editing of English texts, e.g., for the website of the department, its in-house publications, calls for papers/conferences, and other communications
  • image research and the acquisition of digital files and publishing rights

Your profile:

  • MA degree in a relevant field
  • native-level English language competency
  • a very good command of French or Spanish
  • a working knowledge of German
  • experience in editorial tasks, translations and management in an academic publishing environment
  • very good command of office software for text processing, formatting, and manuscript organization including bibliographing and indexing
  • experience with image editing and graphic design would be a plus
  • you are a dedicated, reliable and creative colleague with a genuine interest in academic research and the ability to work in a team

What we offer:

  • flexible working hours; the opportunity to work from home as arranged with your superior; the opportunity to work part-time
  • annual year-end bonus; occupational pension (VBL); subsidy for public transportation within Berlin or Germany (“Jobticket”); paid leave on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31) in addition to regular annual leave
  • weekly in-house yoga classes; regular information on occupational health management courses offered by our partner health insurance companies
  • access to the wide range of training courses offered by the MPG’s Planck Academy
  • close contact with all research and research-support units and the opportunity for direct, personal dialogue
  • an international setting with staff and guests from more than forty countries

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is an equal opportunity employer that strives to foster an inclusive workplace. As an institute of the MPG, we support a working community for all free from discrimination and harassment. We explicitly encourage applications from qualified individuals who belong to groups that are often underrepresented in the workplace due to age, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or religion.

Visit these webpages to learn more about the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and its policies toward gender equality and hiring practices for persons with disabilities as well as Germany’s anti-discrimination laws as outlined in the General Equal Treatment Act: 

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Please submit your application in English with complete documents, preferably without a photograph, through our application portal. Include cover letter, curriculum vitae, degree certificates and copies of qualifications (in a single PDF file) and employment references and/or contact information for professional references (in a single PDF file).

Applications must be received by October 9, 2023 (23:59 CEST). Please note that we can only accept electronic applications submitted through the portal.


For questions concerning the position, please contact the department’s research officer, Dr. Kerstin Hinrichsen (bensonoffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

Further information on the MPIWG can be found at https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/.


Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Deutschland