Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – Four Postdoctoral Fellowships

Location: Germany
Position Type: Post-doctoral Fellow

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Department II (Lorraine Daston), announces four Postdoctoral Fellowships for up to two years, starting date September 1, 2010. Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply.

The fellowship is awarded in conjunction with the research project The Sciences of the Archive (…). Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or related field at the time the fellowship begins; the Ph.D. degree should have been awarded in 2007 or later.

Research projects may concern any culture or historical period (including the present). Although projects must have a history of science component, both the human and natural sciences are included under that rubric and additional relevant disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Possible topics include:

– The material culture of selecting, collecting, preserving, classifying, and transmitting knowledge (e.g. libraries, museums, and data bases but also collections of astronomical observations, botanical herbaria, documentary films, biomedical banks)

– The history of key ideas associated with the Sciences of the Archive (e.g. “data”, “information”, “tradition”, “cultural heritage”)

– The practices of turning data from the archives selectively into knowledge (e.g. classifications, search techniques, catalogues, synopses, atlases)

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, English, or French.

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 two reference letters no later than December 15, 2009.

(Electronic submission is also possible: [email protected])

For questions concerning the research project and Department II, please contact Dr. Fernando Vidal ([email protected]); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration([email protected]) or Jochen Schneider, Research Coordinator ([email protected]).

Contact Info:
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Administration, Postdoc Dept. II
Boltzmannstr. 22
14195 Berlin