Student Assistant (Research IT)

March 20, 2023
Department/Research Group

Research IT in the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) is seeking a student assistant starting in May 2023 for up to 19 hours per week.

One of the more than 80 institutes of the Max Planck Society, the MPIWG is among the world’s leading centres for research into the history of science. It offers outstanding working conditions for its scholars and sustainably promotes the use of digital methodologies in the humanities. The MPIWG intends to further enhance its support for projects in the history of science.

The Institute is keen to conduct cutting-edge digital scholarship, while making use of established standards for data representation and exchange (Linked Data, CIDOC-CRM, IIIF, etc.). Projects are expected to build on and contribute to a common digital research infrastructure, producing sustainable digital research outputs that can be reused and shared openly.

Your responsibilities as a member of Research IT:

  • Scripting and coding in various digital humanities projects.
  • Archiving and digital preservation of legacy data and digital projects, including documentation
  • Assist in the development of interactive digital research software for digital humanities
  • Harnessing data science tools to analyse existing data sets, e.g. bibliometric studies, images, text, as well as assisting in data mining and network analysis research.


  • Student in computer science, information science, digital humanities, history of science, or a related discipline
  • Programming and software development experience, such as Python or Javascript, familiarity with software libraries and frameworks
  • Relational database management and creation, some knowledge of SQL, and willingness to learn SPARQL.
  • Basic understanding of the machine learning pipeline.
  • Excellent organisational skills, motivated, and results-oriented
  • Excellent communication skills in English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in the history of science and computational history, familiarity with the historical approaches at the institute
  • Basic knowledge of graph databases
  • Interest in machine learning methods applied to the analysis of text, images, or historical research
  • Interest in linked data, CIDOC-CRM, and RDF data structures

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.

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) by March 20, 2023 (23:45 CET).

Please note that only complete electronic submissions uploaded through the portal will be accepted.

Only successful candidates will be notified.

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.

Visit these webpages to learn more about the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and its policies toward gender equality and hiring practices for persons with disabilities as well as Germany’s anti-discrimination laws as outlined in the General Equal Treatment Act:

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



For further information please contact Kim Pham:


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