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

one postdoctoral fellowship for one year with possibility of renewal for a second year starting date September 1, 2013. Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science and technology (including art technology) or a related field 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.

Research projects should address the history of knowledge and art up to the eighteenth century (with a preference for the period between 1350 and 1750), and may concern any geographical area within Europe, and any object of the visual and decorative arts. Especially welcome are projects related to the research group projects on ‘Art and Alchemy’, ‘Colour in Art and Colour in Nature’, ‘Artist’s Optical Knowledge’, ‘Artist Inside Collections’, and ‘From Cennini to De Mayerne: Artists’ Recipes’. For short descriptions of these projects, 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).

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.

Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research proposal on a topic related to the project (750 words maximum), one sample of writing (i.e. article or book chapter). They should arrange to have two referees sent letters of recommendation under separate cover to:

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte<
Max Planck Research Group Dupré
Boltzmannstr. 22
14195 Berlin

(Electronic submission is also possible: [email protected]) by March 15, 2013.

For questions concerning the Max Planck Research Group on Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe, please see contact Sven Dupré ([email protected]). For administrative questions concerning

the position and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß ([email protected]), Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider ([email protected]), Research Coordinator.