Research Scholar (Dept. II, "Knowledge Systems and Collective Life")

January 16, 2023
Department/Research Group

Knowledge Systems and Collective Life, directed by Dr. Etienne Benson seeks a

Research Scholar

in connection with the departmental research theme, “Environmental Knowledge in Times of Crisis”.

(Starting date between May 1, 2023, and September 1, 2023)

The MPIWG is a world-leading research institute for the history of science and related fields of study. Department II focuses on the relationship between knowledge systems and collective life. Researchers in the department use historical and ethnographic methods to explore the relationship between these overlapping domains in the past and present. More information about the department and its research themes can be found at:


The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in a field related to the theme “Environmental Knowledge in Times of Crisis,” to plan and lead a working group on a related subject, and to help organize the departmental colloquium and other departmental events.

Your Profile

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in history of science and technology, science and technology studies, history, anthropology, the environmental humanities, or a neighboring field in the humanities and social sciences. Fluent spoken and written English is expected.

Our Offer

The position will be for a duration of three years, on a full-time contractual basis. Remuneration is based on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (up to level E14). The successful candidate will have access to a travel fund as well as to the library and other institute resources. The workplace is Berlin, Germany. The working language of the department is English.

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is an equal opportunity employer that strives to foster an inclusive workplace. As an institute of the MPG, we support a working community for all free from discrimination and harassment. We explicitly encourage applications from qualified individuals who belong to groups that are often underrepresented in the workplace due to age, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or religion.

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Candidates are requested to submit (as pdf files):

    • a cover letter
    • curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
    • a research proposal on a topic related to the research themes of the department (1000 words maximum)
    • writing sample of no more than 30 pages
    • contact information of three scholars who could submit letters of recommendation if requested

Please submit your application in English by January 16, 2023 (23:59 CET) using the following link:

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


For questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Dr. Kerstin Hinrichsen (


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