The Max Planck Society and the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin jointly invite applications for a Professorship in the History of Knowledge (W2; 5 years) combined with a position as an Independent Junior Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

The successful applicant will serve as an Independent Junior Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG). She or he will be required to cover the area named above in research and teaching (with a reduced teaching load of one course per semester) at the Freie Universität Berlin.

In accordance with article 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz), a Habilitation, junior professorship, or equivalent postdoctoral qualification is required. For this position, it is necessary that the nominee received her or his Ph.D. no longer than five years ago.

The appointee will have a distinguished research background in the history of science and/or knowledge, either directly or as a focal area within her or his social science, humanities, engineering, or science discipline, or interdisciplinary field of study (e.g., area studies, cultural studies, or history of technology). It is expected that applicants be highly qualified for the position as a Junior Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the History of 
Science. In addition to administrative support and the working opportunities at the institute, the endowment will include funds to employ a research assistant, to invite visiting scholars, and to award scholarships. Furthermore, she or he will possess an outstanding track record of successful university teaching and research with a strong international component. Experience with sponsored research is desirable.

The successful applicant will be required to participate in the Max Planck Institute’s cooperation ventures in the history of knowledge with Berlin universities, as well as in other existing and projected joint research projects.

The rank of this fixed-tenure vacancy is W2. The successful candidate will be appointed for five years as a salaried employee with terms and conditions comparable to those of a civil servant.

The Freie Universität Berlin and the Max Planck Society are equal opportunity employers.

Applications quoting the reference code Wissensgeschichte must be received at the address below by November 19th, 2009.

Complete applications will include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position and relevant experience; a curriculum vitae with three letters of recommendation; a list of publications; a brief outline of intended research (no longer than 750 words); and official certification (such as a diploma) of all academic degrees awarded to date.

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Freie Universität Berlin c/o Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften,
Koserstr. 20
14195 Berlin