Postdoctoral Fellow (Dept. III, "Proteins and Fibers: Scaffolding History with Molecular Signatures")

Februar 20, 2022


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin,
Department III: Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, directed by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer,

1 Postdoctoral Fellow for three years, with a 100% employment contract, TVöD pay scales (E13), to begin on 1 September 2022,
for the working group
Proteins and Fibers: Scaffolding History with Molecular Signatures.”


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



Applicants are expected to have substantial experience in the history of science, technology, or medicine and/or science and technology studies. Applicants with expertise in the histories of multidisciplinary scientific approaches, methods, and techniques will be well positioned to address questions explored by this working group pertaining to histories of animal materials and artifacts as explored through zooarchaeological, proteomic, and archaeogenetic practices. Research backgrounds in museum conservation, fiber and material studies, archaeology, or other relevant fields are also advantageous. A doctoral degree must be in hand by commencement of employment.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) 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 an equal opportunity employer that strives to foster an inclusive workplace for all. As an institute, MPIWG encourages applications from individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and/or disabilities, particularly where underrepresented in our workforce. Visit these webpages to learn more about MPIWG’s policies toward gender equality and hiring practices for persons with disabilities.

To apply, please submit the following documents: 

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications;
  • Research prospectus (maximum 800 words);
  • Writing sample (5000-8000 words);
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees;


Deadline for application: 20 February 2022 (23:45 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 or English. Letters are only requested for short-listed candidates. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by April 30, 2022. Only the successful candidate will be notified.


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