Predoctoral position for two years (with possible extension)
Starting date February 1, 2013

Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. The position is awarded in conjunction with the research project The Construction of Norms in 17th- to 19th-Century Europe and the United States.

Research projects should fit with one of the project’s focal points, deafness or hysteria, and address any period between the early seventeenth century and the late nineteenth century and any European country or the United States. Comparative studies are welcome. Although projects must have a history of science component, this may be in either the natural or the human sciences, with relevant disciplinary perspectives including history of psychology, legal history, history of medicine, technology studies, disability studies, linguistics, comparative literature, history of philosophy, and others. Projects involving large-scale translation of Latin sources on Sign Language or on conceptions of sound and hearing will also be considered. Candidates must already be registered for PhD studies at their home university

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more individuals with disabilities and encourages them to apply. The Institute 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.

The successful applicant may be employed as a predoctoral fellow rated 50% TVöD E13 in the German system, or alternatively receive a fellowship (monthly stipend: € 1,365). Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Please send a covering letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, dissertation project outline (maximum 2,000 words), and two reference letters (these letters may be sent separately), no later than October 21, 2012 to: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Administration, Predoc MRG Arnaud Boltzmannstraße 22 14195 Berlin Germany

Electronic submission is also possible: [email protected].

For administrative questions concerning the fellowships and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß ([email protected]), Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider ([email protected], Research Coordinator.