Postdoctoral Fellow (Dept. III, "Proteins and Fibers" Working Group)

Februar 20, 2021


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

Starting date: 01 September 2021

for the working group Proteins and Fibers: Scaffolding History with Molecular Signatures in Dept. III at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG).

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 are expected to have substantial experience in the History of Science, Technology, or Medicine. Applications that address the histories of multidisciplinary scientific approaches, methods, and techniques such as the ones used in zooarchaeology, proteomics, archaeogenetics, and museum conservation are particularly welcome. Research backgrounds in fiber and material studies, science and technology studies, archaeology, or other relevant fields are advantageous. 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 (in which candidate indicates interest in Departmental project(s))
  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications
  • Research prospectus (maximum 750 words)
  • Writing sample (5000-8000 words)
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees.


Deadline for submission: February 20, 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 February and short-listed candidates will be interviewed by early March 2021. Only successful candidates will be notified.


For questions concerning the research project and Department III, please contact Lisa Onaga; for technical questions regarding the application portal, for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please first contact the Department secretary.


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