Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – Postdoctoral Fellowships

Location: Germany 
Position Type: Post-doctoral Fellow 

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Independent Research Group I (Dagmar Schäfer), announces a
Postdoctoral Fellowship for one year, (with the option of extension),

and several
Postdoctoral Fellowships for up to three months,

starting date in 2010. Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply.

The fellowship is awarded in conjunction with the research project Concepts and Modalities. Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or related field at the time the fellowship begins; for the postdoctoral fellowships, the Ph.D. degree should have been awarded in 2007 or later.

Research projects may concern any aspect of material or textual culture as a method of knowledge transmission in the history of China between the tenth and eighteenth century. Although projects must have a history of technology component, both the human and natural sciences are included under that rubric and additional relevant disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Possible topics include:

– Normative frameworks, how they are established, maintained and evolve and how they influence invention and innovation

– Migration and Expertise, the inter and intracultural transmission of skills in Asian cultures, preferably the cultures of historical China

– Storage devices: the role of sketches and models and how they preserve, transmit and transform knowledge.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Applications may however be submitted in German, French, English or Chinese.

The postdoctoral fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 1.900 € and 2.300 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany). Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in the research activities at the Institute.

Candidates are requested to send a curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of certificates (PhD), research prospectus (maximum 750 words), a sample text, and names and addresses of two referees.
Submission review begins January 30, 2010, remains open until filled.

Electronic submission is also possible: Claudia Paaß, [email protected] Head of Administration. For questions concerning the research project and NWG I, please contact Gina Grzimek [email protected]; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß or Jochen Schneider, [email protected] Research Coordinator.

Contact Info:
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Administration, Postdoc NWG I
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin