The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (the Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe; Director: Prof. Dr. Sven Dupré) announces

two postdoctoral fellowships for up to two years

starting date between July 1 and October 1, 2014. Outstanding scholars are invited to apply.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science and technology or a related field (art history, conservation science, technical art history, history of medicine) at the time of application and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications and other achievements. Tenure of a prior postdoctoral fellowship will be to the candidate’s advantage.

Particularly welcome are research projects on ‘Early Modern Art Technologies and Materials’:
However, research projects addressing the full scope of Max Planck Research Group dealing with the history of knowledge and art up to the eighteenth century (with a preference for the period between 1350 and 1750) will be considered. Research projects may concern any geographical area within Europe, and any of the visual and decorative arts. For short descriptions of the project, see

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to take part in the scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the project of the Max Planck Research Group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe.

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. 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, who may alternatively opt for a contract TVöD E13 in the German system).

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including publication list, research prospectus (maximum 750 words), and at least one sample of writing (i.e. article or book chapter) to:

Please arrange to have two referees send signed scanned letters of recommendation to:

[email protected]de

or originals by snail mail to:
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Max Planck Research Group Dupré
Boltzmannstr. 22
14195 Berlin

Deadline for submission:  15 February 2014  //  Interviews will take place on 26 March 2014.

For questions concerning the Max Planck Research Group on Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe, please see or contact Sven Dupré ([email protected]de). For questions relating to the online application procedure please contact ([email protected]de). For administrative questions concerning the position or the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß ([email protected]), Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider ([email protected]), Research Coordinator.