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


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


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin, Department III: Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, directed by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer, 
offers several Visiting Scholarships (residential, 4–12 months),
to take place within the period from 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2023.

We invite scholars to apply for participation in the working group “Proteins and Fibers” of Department III. The working group explores how multidisciplinary scientific approaches, methods, and techniques are used to analyze traces of animals in history. The working group’s research theme will focus on animal matter and how scientists analyze them to reconstruct histories of different scales. Visiting scholars’ research should address the question of how animal artifacts or materials derived from animals are characterized in museum conservation, zooarchaeological, proteomic, and/or archaeogenetic practices, or materials science.

We welcome applications from candidates in every field within history, the history of science and technology, science and technology studies, archaeology, fiber and material studies, and with some preference for research that is multilingual and transregional in nature.

Visiting scholars receive a stipend commensurate with experience for their period of residence, and reimbursement for a return ticket to and from their place of residence. 

The successful candidates are expected to take part in the scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the working group and the department’s activities during their period of residence. 

Candidates are requested to submit:

  1.  a cover letter (indicating your preferred period of residence)
  2.  curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
  3.  a research prospectus on a topic related to the project (1000 words maximum)

Applications must be submitted in German or English via our online application portal:

Please note that only complete electronic submissions uploaded to this link will be accepted. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Review of applications will commence from 1 February 2022 and continue until the working group’s capacity is full or until 30 June 2023, whichever is earlier.

The Max Planck Society strives to foster an inclusive environment 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 community. Visit these webpages to learn more about MPIWG’s policies toward gender equality and recruitment practices for persons with disabilities.