Student Assistant (Dept. I)

November 19, 2020
Department/Research Group

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Department 1, Project 980 - Epistemes in Motion, Subproject B06, Dimensions of the Socionomy of Knowledge: Practice and Theory in Cosmology and Mining of the Premodern Period (Jürgen Renn, Helge Wendt) is looking to employ a student assistant.

The position (up to 40 hours per month) is initially limited until 30 September 2021 (with the possibility of extension).

The sub-project comprises two research projects investigating the dynamics of knowledge cultures in the early modern period. One research project deals with the library of Leonardo da Vinci. The other project deals with early modern mining. Both research projects are connected by the assumption that knowledge developed dynamically, especially due to the manifold connections between different fields of knowledge. The research is mainly carried out at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. There is also a close exchange with other subprojects, so that some working sessions take place on the premises of the Free University of Berlin and the SFB 980 "Episteme in Motion." This enables a lively exchange in a large and interdisciplinary framework.

Applicants must be in their first degree program at a university in the Berlin/Brandenburg region. Applications from students of History of Science and Technology, History of the Early Modern Period, Philosophy, Latin philology, Italian linguistics, English linguistics are particularly welcome. Very good knowledge of German, English and basic knowledge of Italian are desired.

The position entails the following duties: assisting with editorial work on scientific texts, supporting the project and the Collaborative Research Centre in the organization and implementation of scientific events, creating and maintaining databases, supporting scientific activities such as literature and object research, the creation of bibliographies, website support.

The salary is paid according to the rates for student employment in the frame of the Max Planck Society’s program to support junior scientists.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer; the Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Applications, including a letter of application, CV, and the original copy of the current Immatrikulations-Semesterbescheinigung – should be submitted via our online application portal only:

The application period ends on November 19, 2020.

Interviews will take place between November 23 and November 27, 2020.


For any questions regarding the advertised position, please contact Dr Helge Wendt ( On administrative matters, please contact the office of Department 1 (


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