Postdoctoral Fellow (RG Blum) (EN/DE)

December 19, 2019


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin,

Max Planck Research Group "Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program," headed by Dr. Alexander Blum, is seeking

One Postdoctoral Fellow, starting date: as early as March 1, 2020,

for one year, with employment contract and the possibility of extension by an additional year.

The position is closely related to the research agenda of the group. The research group pursues interdisciplinary research at the intersection of history of science and physics. We are seeking an outstanding junior scholar with a background in physics, history of physics, or philosophy of physics. At the time the position begins, candidates should hold a doctorate in one of these fields (PhD achieved in 2016 or later).

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 or English.

The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching obligations. 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: December 19, 2019 (23:59 CET)

Note that only electronic submissions will be accepted. We hope for your understanding that applications sent via email cannot be accepted. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Your application should contain:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • research prospectus (850 words maximum, establishing a connection with the program of the ResearchGroup)
  • sample of writing
  • names and contact details of at least two referees.

For questions concerning the group’s research focus, please contact Dr. Alexander Blum (; for technical questions regarding the application, for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please first contact the group’s assistant Kseniia Mohelsky (


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