The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin, Department II: Knowledge Systems and ...

European University Viadrina
January 16, 2023
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ID: 158331

Num. of employees:

ca. 150


  • Dahlem, Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
  • Type:

  • Researcher
  • Duration:

    2 years



    Starting date (earliest):

    At the earliest possible

    Starting date (latest):



    TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13)


  • Geosciences
  • History
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Field of studies:

  • History
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Level of education:

    PhD completed

    Computer skills:

  • excellent knowledge of modern technology
  • Working language:

  • English
  • Language skills:

  • English (excellent knowledge of language)
  • External link:

    https: // www.
    The Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence (MPIWG), Ber­lin,

    Depart­ment II: Know­ledge Sys­tems and Col­lect­ive Life, dir­ec­ted by Dr. Etienne Ben­son, seeks


    2 Postdoc­toral Fel­lows in con­nec­tion with the research theme,

    “Envir­on­mental Know­ledge in Times of Crisis” (Start­ing date between May 1, 2023, and Septem­ber 1, 2023)

    Working field:

    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: https: // www.

    Duties: The suc­cess­ful can­did­ates will con­duct research in a field related to the theme “Envir­on­mental Know­ledge in Times of Crisis,” assist in the organ­iz­a­tion of work­ing and/or read­ing groups, and par­ti­cip­ate in the depart­mental col­loquium and other depart­mental events.


    The suc­cess­ful can­did­ates will hold a PhD in his­tory of sci­ence and tech­no­logy, sci­ence and tech­no­logy stud­ies, his­tory, anthro­po­logy, envir­on­mental human­it­ies, or a neigh­bor­ing field in the human­it­ies and social sci­ences. We are par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in schol­ars work­ing on envir­on­mental justice, com­munity-engaged research meth­ods, and rela­tion­ships between sci­ence and other ways of know­ing, includ­ing Indi­gen­ous know­ledge sys­tems, either in the past or the present. Flu­ent spoken and writ­ten Eng­lish is expec­ted.

    What we offer:

    The pos­i­tion will be for a dur­a­tion of two years, on a full-time con­trac­tual basis. Remu­ner­a­tion is based on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13). 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.

    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:

    Gender equal­ity (https: // www. Disabilities (https: // www. General Equal Treat­ment Act (https: // www.

    How to apply:

    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:

    https: //

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

    Make an Application

    Closing date:


    Contact person:

    Dr. Kerstin Hinrichsen

    By e-mail:

    by internet:

    https: //

    Application papers:

    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

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