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Max-Planck-Insti­tut für Wis­sen­schafts­ge­schichte - in cooper­a­tion with Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, and Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin

Das MPIWG ist eines von mehr als 80 Insti­tu­ten der Max Planck Gesell­schaft e.V. und eines der füh­ren­den For­schungs­zen­tren für die Wis­sen­schafts­ge­schichte.

Aca­demic Coordin­ator

(full-time) to begin work on Septem­ber 1, 2021 for the Inter­na­tional Max Planck Research School “Know­ledge and Its Resources: His­tor­ical Recipro­cit­ies” (IMPRS-KIR).

Work­ing field:

The IMPRS-KIR is a gradu­ate school for the his­tory of sci­ence, tech­no­logy, and medi­cine, co-organ­ized by the four insti­tu­tions named above in col­lab­or­a­tion with inter­na­tional part­ner uni­versit­ies. The object­ive of the IMPRS is to train inter­na­tional doc­toral stu­dents in the ana­lysis of know­ledge and resources – spe­cific­ally, the recip­rocal his­tor­ical influ­ences between the two.

The IMPRS is based on long-stand­ing, close research rela­tion­ships within the Ber­lin Cen­ter for the His­tory of Know­ledge. It will begin its work in Septem­ber 2022. Dur­ing the one-year pre­par­a­tion phase, the Coordin­ator will help to set up the IMPRS in terms of struc­tures and human resources. The post is loc­ated at the MPIWG. The Coordin­ator’s work will be car­ried out in close liaison with the uni­versity part­ners; fur­ther col­lab­or­a­tions are planned.

You will work at the inter­face of schol­ar­ship and admin­is­tra­tion. Your highly var­ied tasks will include sup­port­ing the IMPRS man­aging board, car­ry­ing out day-to-day coordin­a­tion and organ­iz­a­tion of the IMPRS as regards the stu­dents’ research and admin­is­tra­tion needs, and integ­rat­ing the IMPRS with exist­ing and planned pro­grams and activ­it­ies of the MPIWG and the uni­versity part­ners.

Among your spe­cific tasks will be:

  • Sup­port­ing the pro­cess of build­ing the IMPRS’s struc­tures
  • Sup­port­ing the Prin­cipal Teach­ing Fac­ulty
  • Super­vising the recruit­ment pro­cess
  • Sup­port­ing events organ­iz­a­tion
  • Help­ing the gradu­ate stu­dents to arrange their stay in Ber­lin and at the inter­na­tional part­ner insti­tu­tions
  • Super­vising the inter­na­tional guest pro­gram
  • Super­vising the IMPRS web­site and pub­li­city
  • Super­vising com­mu­nic­a­tion and liaison pro­cesses with the admin­is­tra­tions of the MPIWG and part­ners.


You must have a doc­tor­ate in a human­it­ies dis­cip­line with a his­tor­ical ori­ent­a­tion. Famili­ar­ity with cur­rent debates in the his­tory of know­ledge and the his­tory of sci­ence is desir­able. You must have exper­i­ence of work­ing in aca­demic man­age­ment and pro­ject man­age­ment (includ­ing fin­ances), know­ledge of the Ger­man and inter­na­tional aca­demic land­scape, out­stand­ing lan­guage skills in Ger­man and Eng­lish, and exper­i­ence in work­ing with stu­dents from dif­fer­ent back­grounds. In addi­tion, you should have excel­lent com­mu­nic­a­tion and team skills, flex­ib­il­ity, resi­li­ence, a well- struc­tured way of work­ing, and exper­i­ence or interest in work­ing in an inter­na­tional set­ting.

What we of­fer:

The salary is based on the Ger­man pub­lic ser­vice salary scale TVöD, at level E13. The appoint­ment is fixed term (two years).

The Max Planck Soci­ety is com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing equal oppor­tun­it­ies and diversity. We wel­come applic­ants from all parts of soci­ety, regard­less of gender, eth­ni­city, dis­ab­il­it­ies, or sexual ori­ent­a­tion. The Soci­ety aspires to increase the pro­por­tion of women in areas of work where they are under- rep­res­en­ted, and there­fore expressly encour­ages women to apply. It also aims to employ more people with dis­ab­il­it­ies. We spe­cific­ally invite people with dis­ab­il­it­ies to apply.

How to ap­ply:

Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion (cover let­ter, CV, cop­ies of qual­i­fic­a­tions, names of two ref­er­ees) as sep­ar­ate PDF doc­u­ments (apart from the qual­i­fic­a­tions, which should be com­bined into a single PDF file), exclus­ively through the fol­low­ing applic­a­tion portal:

Your applic­a­tion must reach us by June 6, 2021, 23:59 CEST.

For ques­tions about the pos­i­tion, please con­tact Dr. Hans­jakob Ziemer ( For ques­tions about the applic­a­tion portal, please con­tact Ms. Tanja Neuen­dorf ( Please note that applic­a­tions sent to either of these email addresses will not be con­sidered.