Postdoctoral Fellow (Dept. III)

Januar 29, 2021


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Department III (Artifacts, Action, Knowledge), Director: Prof. Dagmar Schäfer, seeks one Postdoctoral Fellow for two years, with employment contract, TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13)

Starting date: September 1, 2021

for the working group Out of Place, Out of Time.

The successful candidate will support collaborative research (50%) and conduct his/her own research project (50%) within the framework of the working group.

Requirements: Applicants should demonstrate a specific interest and experience in studying waste of human or animal bodies. Research that addresses issues about a premodern/modern division and/or East/West/North/South break in the use and conceptualization of waste is advantageous. Applicants with suitable experience in the history of science and technology holding a PhD in a historical field, STS, anthropology, discard studies, or other relevant fields are invited to apply. A PhD degree must be in hand by commencement of employment. Experience in interdisciplinary research and/or international collaborative research and publication projects is welcome.


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The working language is English. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in the research activities of the Institute, and Departmental activities and to present their own work.

The Max Planck Society is committed to diversity and inclusion: candidates of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, abilities, and genders are invited to apply; applications from women are especially welcome.

To apply please submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications
  • Research prospectus (maximum 750 words)
  • Writing sample
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees.


Deadline for submission: January 29, 2021 (23:59 CET).

Please note that only complete electronic submissions uploaded to this link will be accepted. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted in German, English, or French.

Applications will be reviewed in late January and short-listed candidates will be interviewed by March 2021. Only successful candidates will be notified.


For questions concerning the working group and Department III, please contact Tamar Novick. For technical questions regarding the application portal, for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please first contact the Department secretary.


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