Student Assistant (Dept. III)

July 31, 2021
Department/Research Group


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG) Department 3 is looking to employ
one student assistant (up to 83 hours per month),
from October 1, 2021, until March 31, 2022, with the possibility of extension(s).

The student assistant will support research tasks in the “Visualizations of the Heavens” Working Group—which focuses on visual representations and material objects in the creation, change, and movement of astral knowledge across space and time—as well as administrative tasks in the Department Office. The Working Group includes international scholars, and the student assistant will mainly assist their research by extending and maintaining a protected image database and by supporting related (geo)visualization projects. Research tasks will include:

  • control, verification, and standardization of existing database entries;
  • library research, scanning books, uploading visual material and metadata to the database; and
  • supporting the group’s research projects and activities.

In addition, the student assistant will support the Department Office with administrative tasks ranging from supporting international visitors and scientific events, maintaining and updating webpages and various databases, to assisting with editorial work on miscellaneous texts.

Native German speakers with a good command of English and native English speakers with a good command of German are encouraged to apply. Reading ability in at least one of the following languages is considered an advantage: modern European, South Asian (Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu Bengal, Malayalam, Kannada, Telogu), Middle Eastern (Arabic, Persian, Turk languages, Egyptian), classical Greek, and Latin.

Applicants must be enrolled at a university in Berlin or Brandenburg, preferably in one of the following disciplines: art history, history of science, intellectual or regional history, museum or library studies, or related disciplines. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree should be in at least their third semester of study. Applicants should have a good working knowledge of modern information technology and the ability to work both independently and in a team. Experience with digital humanities (such as visual databases and GIS software) is considered an advantage.

The hourly rate is calculated according to the Max Planck Society’s program to support junior scholars: 12,00 € for bachelor’s students, and 13,95 € for students enrolled in a master’s program who already hold a bachelor’s degree.

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.

Please apply via the online application portal ( by attaching a letter of application, CV, and a scan of your current certificate of enrollment (Immatrikulations-/Semesterbescheinigung) before July 31, 2021. Only electronic applications through the portal will be acceptedFinalists will be interviewed during the week of August 23, 2021, and the successful candidate will be notified during the week of September 6, 2021. Please note that only the successful candidate will be notified.


For research-related questions, please contact Dr. Anna Jerratsch ( For questions about MPIWG and the Department, please contact Sean Wang ( For technical questions regarding the online application portal, please contact the Department Office (


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