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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin

The Max Planck Soci­ety and Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin (Depart­ment of His­tory and Cul­tural Stud­ies and Depart­ment of Philo­sophy and Human­it­ies) are seek­ing to appoint

a Pro­fessor of the His­tory of Sci­ence / the His­tory of Know­ledge, who would also be respons­ible for lead­ing a Max Planck Research Group (at the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence).

Salary grade W2; fixed-term appoint­ment for five years (pub­lic employee)

Work­ing field:

The can­did­ate will lead a Max Planck Research Group at the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence (MPIWG) and is expec­ted to teach and con­duct research in the His­tory of Sci­ence and the His­tory of Know­ledge at the Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin. The stand­ard teach­ing load is one course (2 hours per week) per semester.

The can­did­ate will be expec­ted to par­ti­cip­ate in col­lab­or­at­ive pro­jects between the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence and the uni­versit­ies of Ber­lin on the his­tory of know­ledge and to con­trib­ute to other ongo­ing and planned col­lab­or­a­tions.

The Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence will offer fund­ing for a research fel­low or for vis­it­ing schol­ars as well as sec­ret­arial sup­port and grant fund­ing.


Appoint­ment require­ments:
Appoint­ment require­ments are gov­erned by sec­tion 100 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz).

Fur­ther require­ments for appoint­ment:
Early-career research­ers are sought who demon­strate an excel­lent research record in the area of the his­tory of sci­ence/the his­tory of know­ledge. The applic­ant’s qual­i­fic­a­tions in a spe­cific sub­ject area should relate to one of the fol­low­ing dis­cip­lines: human­it­ies, social sci­ences, human sci­ences, nat­ural sci­ences, engin­eer­ing, or an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary field such as area stud­ies, cul­tural stud­ies, digital human­it­ies etc. The can­did­ate’s research interests in the his­tory of sci­ence/the his­tory of know­ledge should align with those of the par­ti­cip­at­ing insti­tu­tions.

The can­did­ate will pos­sess a clear abil­ity to lead a research group and have inter­na­tional exper­i­ence in research and teach­ing in an aca­demic con­text. Exper­i­ence in obtain­ing external fund­ing such as grants is desir­able.

How to ap­ply:

Can­did­ates should sub­mit their applic­a­tion with a CV, a list of pub­lic­a­tions, cop­ies of all rel­ev­ant tran­scripts and degree cer­ti­fic­ates and a research pro­posal (750 words max.) no later than August 21, 2020 (23:59 CET). Please sub­mit applic­a­tion mater­i­als online through the applic­a­tion portal of the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence:

The Max Planck Soci­ety and Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin strive to pro­mote the advance­ment of women in fields where they are under­rep­res­en­ted. In this respect, women are strongly encour­aged to apply. Both insti­tu­tions are also mak­ing efforts to employ more people with dis­ab­il­it­ies. We expressly wel­come applic­a­tions from people with dis­ab­il­it­ies. More inform­a­tion can be found online at and

Contact: Dr. Hans­jakob Ziemer (; +49 30 22667 242) for ques­tions about the pos­i­tion, Tanja Neuen­dorf (; +49 30 22667 165) for ques­tions con­cern­ing the applic­a­tion portal.

Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Ber­lin
Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, Kais­er­swer­ther Str. 16-18, 14195 Ber­lin

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