The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Dept. II, Director: Prof. Lorraine Daston), seeks an


outstanding scholar for the position of Research Scholar


(TVÖD E 13 or E 14, roughly comparable to assistant professor/associate professor). Candidates from all areas within the history of science are welcome to apply, but current research interests should be relevant to ongoing projects in Department II (directed by Lorraine Daston, details of curent projects at


Candidates should have a doctorate in the history of science or related discipline, a strong publication record, and show evidence of intellectual versatility, in keeping with the broad range of departmental projects.


The MPIWG is an international, interdisciplinary institute. International experience is highly desirable. There are no formal teaching obligations. Adminstrative responsibilities are decided in consultation with the Director and shared with other members of the scholarly staff. The MPIWG provides excellent support for research, including travel funds and the possibility of organizing conferences on topics related to the Research Scholar’s interests. Salaries are commensurate with academic experience and qualifications.


The position is for three years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three years. The ideal starting date would be 1 September 2012 but may be negotiated if individual circumstances so dictate.


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, or French.


They should include:

Curriculum vitae

List of publications (designating the five most significant ones) Writing sample (article, book chapter; maximum 10,000 words) Description of current research (maximum 1000 words) Three letters of reference (to be sent separately)


Applications should be submitted in electronic form ([email protected]) or be sent to


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Administration WIMI Dept. II Boltzmannstraße 22

14195 Berlin



No later than 30 April 2012.


For questions concerning the research project and Department II, please contact Prof. Lorraine Daston ([email protected]) or Dr. Fernando Vidal ([email protected]); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration ([email protected]), or Mr. Jochen Schneider, Research Coordinator ([email protected]). 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.