Research Scholar (RG Premodern Sciences)

August 31, 2021


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG)
The MPIWG Research Group “Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul and Body ca. 800-1650” (RG Krause) seeks
One Research Scholar, starting date: 1 January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, with a fixed-term, non-renewable employment contract until 31 Oct 2023 (end of the RG).


We invite applications from scholars whose work takes up some aspect of the research agenda of RG Krause for the Premodern Syriac, Persian, or Hebrew Worlds. Please consult our research agenda here.

Outstanding junior and senior scholars with excellent knowledge of classical Syriac, Persian, or Hebrew (knowledge in other semitic and / or classical languages is most desirable), and with suitable experience in the history of science, history of philosophy, history of medicine, or other relevant fields are invited to apply.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in one of the above-mentioned fields, and have at least two years of postdoctoral experience at the time the position begins (PhD awarded in 2019 or earlier). They have to show evidence of scholarly excellence in the form of international publications. The proposed research project must relate to the research agenda of RG Krause.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( Research Scholars are expected to participate in the research activities of RG Krause and the Institute, and to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications may be submitted in German, English, or French.

The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching, but with some administrative duties for the Research Group. Remuneration is based on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13).

Candidates of all nationalities are invited to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

Candidates are requested to submit their applications online using the following link:

Deadline for submission: 31 August 2021 (23:59 CET)

Note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. Your application should contain:

  • Cover letter, (indicating how your research relates to the research agenda of RG Krause)
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • research prospectus (maximum 750 words)
  • sample of writing
  • three letters of recommendation.

For questions concerning the research project and RG Krause, please contact Prof Katja Krause (; for technical questions regarding the application portal, for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms Chaonan Zhang (


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