Two Postdoctoral Fellows (EN)

November 15, 2018

Job Description/Applying

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Department III, Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge, Directed by Prof. Dagmar Schäfer) seeks Two Postdoctoral Fellows starting September 1, 2019 for three years, with employment contract.

The positions are in close conjunction with the research agenda of Dept. III.

Outstanding junior scholars with suitable experience in science-, technology-, economic history, STS, anthropology, regional studies, or other relevant fields are invited to apply.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or related field at the time the position begins (PhD awarded in 2016 or later), and be able to show evidence of scholarly excellence in the form of initial international publications. Research projects should relate to the research agenda of Department III.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to participate in the research activities of 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 and with minor administrative duties for the Research Group. Remuneration is based on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13).

Your application should contain:

  • Cover letter (indicating in which project you are interested)
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • Research prospectus (maximum 750 words)
  • Sample of writing
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees

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: November 15, 2018 (23:59 CET)

Note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. Only successful candidates will be notified.


For questions concerning the research project and Department III, please contact Prof. Dagmar Schäfer (; 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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