The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Research Group III; Dr. Veronika Lipphardt) seeks an outstanding junior scholar for a
three-year position (to begin September 2009)as Research Fellow in conjunction with the research project “A Cultural History of Knowledge about (and Research into) Human Biodiversity in the 20th Century” (http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/PDF/biodiversity.pdf ). The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching duties. It is ranked at the TVöD E13 level in the German system, which roughly corresponds to that of Lecturer in Britain, Assistant Professor in North America, and Maître de conférences in France. Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or related field at the time the position begins and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications or other achievements. A previous postdoctoral position is desirable but not essential. They should have basic knowledge of biology/genetics or be ready to acquire it. Candidates with research interests and experience in challenging disciplinary boundaries, such as Cultural History, History of Science, or Colonial / Postcolonial History, are welcome. The period of investigation covers 20th century up to present. Research projects may concern various anthropological, biomedical or biological fields of expertise; especially welcome are projects concerning the history of anthropology, human genetics or population genetics and/or a focus on a specific region. Additional relevant disciplinary perspectives are very welcome. Candidates should be able to read and communicate in English; applications may however be submitted in German or English. Scholars 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. Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), copies of certificates (PhD), a research proposal on a topic related to the project (750 words maximum), and names and addresses of 2-3 referees no later than
March 2, 2009
to: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Abt. Personal/WiMi NWG III Boltzmannstr. 22 14195 Berlin Germany
(Electronic submission is also possible: [email protected]) For questions concerning the research project please contact Dr. Veronika Lipphardt ([email protected]); for general questions please contact Claudia Paaß ([email protected]), Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider ([email protected]), Research Coordinator.