Postdoctoral Fellow (Dept. III, "Agriculture and the Making of Sciences")

January 10, 2022
Department/Research Group


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Department III: Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, directed by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer, seeks 1 Postdoctoral Fellow for two years, with a 100% employment contract, TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13), to begin between May 1 and September 1, 2022, for the working group Agriculture and the Making of Sciences (1100-1700).

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

Requirements: The working group seeks candidates with expertise in pre-modern Chinese, Japanese or Korean history and proficiency in Classical Chinese. Candidates are expected to have experience in the study of pre-modern sciences or knowledge cultures, and be interested in methods of the History of Science, Technology or Medicine. 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, the 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:

  1. cover letter;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. research prospectus in which you outline your planned contribution to the theme and questions of the working group (maximum 1,000 words);
  4. a published piece of research in English;
  5. names and contact details of at least two referees.


Deadline for application: January 10, 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.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed before April 1, 2021. Only the successful candidate will be notified.


For questions concerning the working group and Department III, please contact Chun Xu. For administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Sean Wang. For technical questions regarding the application portal, please contact the Department secretary.


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