Department I Seeks to Hire a Research Fellow (Project "The Sphere")

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Research Group “The Sphere: Knowledge System Evolution and the Shared Scientific Identity in Europe” (Dept. I), is offering a position for a Research Fellow beginning as soon as possible and running until December 2022. The position is established within the research network of the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data(BIFOLD).

About BIFOLD and Project "The Sphere"

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), BIFOLD aims to conduct research into the scientific foundations of Big Data and Machine Learning, to advance artificial intelligence (AI) application development, and greatly increases the impact upon society, the economy, and science.

The MPIWG project “The Sphere” integrates the BIFOLD Project “Bilder und Konfigurationen in corpora von Universitätstextbüchern” (“Images and Configurations in Corpora of University Textbooks”). In this framework, cosmology textbooks used at European universities between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries are analyzed in order to reconstruct how shared science was transformed during this time. Various analytical approaches towards the structure and layout of texts, images, and diagrams will enable their further analysis. For more detailed information, please see also

The research tasks for the candidate will be centered around data extraction, curation, and visualization.