GIF project: “Generating Experimental Knowledge” Second announcement of two PhD positions, including a clarification concerning affiliation

The University of Haifa, Israel, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, are seeking two suitably qualified graduates interested in undertaking research on themes related to the project “Generating Experimental Knowledge: experimental systems, concept formation and the pivotal role of error.” The project is designed to support a set of complementary studies concerning particular experimental systems, historical developments and systematic conceptual analyses of meta-concepts such as experimental error. For further information see

Besides the two doctoral students, the working group will include a post-doctoral fellow, an advanced researcher as well as three principal investigators from the host institutions: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joerg Rheinberger and PD Dr. Friedrich Steinle of the MPI, Berlin and Dr. G. Hon of the University of Haifa. One of the PhD students will be working at the University of Haifa, the other at the Institute in Berlin. The research group will be sharing workshops in Berlin and in Haifa. The fellowships will be according to the regulations of the Max Planck Society and the University of Haifa, respectively, and will be fully financed for three years by the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) (, commencing at the beginning of 2004.

PhD students may be enrolled and take their degree either at the TU Berlin or University of Haifa or elsewhere. As to residence, students are expected to work in Berlin or in Haifa, respectively, for the period they are funded by the project.

The working language of the group will be English. Fluency in German or Hebrew is not a prerequisite of the application. Women are encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae, a brief (c. 1000 words) research proposal (in English), and two letters of recommendation, should be sent no later than 1 November 2003 to both

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joerg Rheinberger Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Wilhelmstraße 44 D-10117 Berlin Germany


Dr. Giora Hon Department of Philosophy University of Haifa Haifa 31905, Israel

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Giora Hon: [email protected] Friedrich Steinle: [email protected]

Succesful candidates will be notified by late November, 2003.