The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin
announces one postdoctoral fellowship for up to two years, beginning
in December 2010.

The fellow will join a project called “The Neurological Adolescent,”
conducted by Dr. Suparna Choudhury in the framework of the
interdisciplinary Critical Neuroscience group based in Berlin
( The project is hosted in Department
II at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and is
connected to the project “The Cerebral Subject: Brain and Self in
Contemporary Culture.” Some of the research is conducted in
collaboration with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (http://

“The Neurological Adolescent” project examines the historical
construction of adolescence and analyses models of cognitive
development and adolescent behaviour in twentieth century psychology
and contemporary cognitive neuroscience. The project also
investigates the appropriation of theories about affect and risk in
adolescent psychiatry as well as social and health policy. Please see for
a fuller description. Although projects must have a history of
science component, projects may concern questions from a range of
topics relevant to the rubric of the “Neurological Adolescent”,

– adolescent brain development and educational policy

– biomarkers and neuroplasticity in adolescence

– adolescent “risk” in psychology and neuroscience

– plasticity and educability in 20th Century psychology and
brain sciences

The future research fellow should hold a PhD in anthropology, history
of science or related field, and must be familiar with neuroimaging
research. Experience in a mental health or neuroscience setting would
be an advantage. Candidates should be interested to conduct
ethnographic research in neuroimaging laboratories. Consideration
will also be given to excellent candidates with expertise in other
relevant disciplines (cognitive neuroscience, STS, history and
philosophy of science, psychiatry), but with openness to the other
disciplines and a willingness to develop skills in qualitative
research methods.

The candidate will devote 25% of time to organizational activities,
including administrative duties involved in workshops and
conferences, and will be expected to attend and present at regular

Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. 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).
Women are especially encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is
committed to promote more handicapped individuals. The fellowships
are open to candidates of all nationalities. The language at
colloquia, workshops, and meetings is English.

Applications should be submitted in English. Candidates are requested
to send a curriculum vitae, publication list, research prospectus
(maximum 750 words), a sample text, and two letters of recommendation
no later than October 15, 2010

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Administration, PD-II-III
Boltzmannstraße 22
D-14195 Berlin, Germany

Applications via e-mail should be addressed to Regina Held at
[email protected]

Please address queries to Dr. Suparna Choudhury at [email protected]

Links for further information

Critical Neuroscience –
Berlin School of Mind and Brain –
“The Cerebral Subject: Brain and Self in Contemporary Culture“ –