The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Research Group on Modern Geometry and the Concept of Space; Director: Vincenzo De Risi


Two Post-doctoral Fellows for positions from one to six months beginning at any time in 2014.

The Research Group is also accepting proposals for non-funded visiting positions (see the details online).

Research projects should concern the history of geometry, the history of mathematical epistemology or the history of the concept of space from the Ancient to the Early Modern Age. Possible topics include: The history of elementary geometry and Euclid’s Elements in Antiquity and the Renaissance. The philosophy of mathematics from Antiquity to the 18th century. The conception of space from Descartes to Kant. The beginnings of projective geometry. Optics and the theory of vision.

A lengthier description of the topics and aims of the Research Group can be found at:

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, French, or Italian.

Candidates should hold a doctorate at the time the position begins, and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications or other achievements. The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching and minimal administrative duties. Fellows are expected to take part to the cultural and scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the Group researches.

Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 2.100 € and 2.500 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany). Please address specific questions to Ms. Claudia Paaß ([email protected]), Head of Administration.

Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research proposal on a topic related to the project, a sample writing representative of the candidate’s work (such as a chapter of the doctoral dissertation or a scientific article), and names and addresses (preferably including email) of two referees who have already been contacted by the applicant to assure their willingness to submit letters of presentation if requested, to

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte,
Verwaltung, Kennwort: NWG De Risi,
Boltzmannstraße 22,
14195 Berlin

or by e-mail to [email protected]

by January 6th, 2014

Candidates should explain in their research project the requested length of the fellowship and propose a starting date for it.

For questions concerning the research project, please contact Dr. Vincenzo De Risi ([email protected]); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Mr. Jochen Schneider ([email protected]), Research Coordinator. Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.