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Max-Planck-Insti­tut für Wis­sen­schafts­ge­schichte - Abtei­lung I

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

See­king to employ an Expert in net­work sci­ence or the dyna­mics of com­plex sys­tems (m/f/d)


from May 1st, 2021 for a maxi­mum of three years, with a con­tract accord­ing to the TVöD-Bund pay scale (E13) for rese­arch in (given the final appro­val) the BMBF pro­ject
Socio-epis­temic net­works: Model­ling his­to­ri­cal know­ledge pro­ces­ses

Work­ing field:

The rese­arch pro­ject aims to model his­to­ri­cal deve­lop­ments of know­ledge sys­tems by com­bi­ning the ana­ly­sis of seman­tic chan­ges with their cou­pling and feed­back to socio­lo­gi­cal and insti­tu­tio­nal chan­ges. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will work on deve­lo­ping ana­ly­sis methods for the his­to­ri­cal time-depen­dent com­plex mul­ti­layer net­works that result from his­to­ri­cal case stu­dies. To com­ple­ment the exis­ting rese­arch team, the suc­cess­ful can­di­date should have a strong focus on mul­ti­layer net­work ana­ly­sis, com­plex sys­tems ana­ly­sis, or rela­ted topics in their pre­vious rese­arch expe­ri­ence.


  • PhD in Com­pu­ter Sci­ence with a focus on com­plex sys­tems theory or rela­ted fields (phy­sics, mathe­ma­tics, digi­tal huma­nities, etc.);
  • Flu­ent pro­gramming skills in Python
  • Know­ledge of graph data­ba­ses (RDF, SPARQL)
  • Unix/Linux ope­ra­ting sys­tem
  • Inte­rest in inter­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch at the inter­sec­tion of com­pu­ter sci­ence, history, and mathe­ma­tics. The PhD should have been com­ple­ted by the begin­ning of the pro­ject.

What we of­fer:

  • 100% TVöD (Bund) E13 for a maxi­mum of three years
  • Crea­tive work envi­ron­ment in a world class rese­arch insti­tu­tion
  • Inde­pen­dent rese­arch in an inter­na­tio­nal team

How to ap­ply:

The Max Planck Society aims to increase the pro­por­tion of women in those areas in which they are cur­r­ently under­re­p­re­sen­ted. We the­re­fore spe­ci­fi­cally encou­rage women to apply. The Max Planck Society is com­mit­ted to employ­ing more dis­ab­led indi­vi­du­als, and app­li­ca­ti­ons from dis­ab­led people are espe­ci­ally wel­come. The app­li­ca­tion should con­tain a sum­mary of the PhD pro­ject, a list with at least one refe­ree who will be con­tac­ted if the can­di­date is short­listed, a CV inclu­ding a selec­tion of publi­ca­ti­ons and a short let­ter of moti­va­tion.

Can­di­da­tes are requested to sub­mit their app­li­ca­ti­ons via our online por­tal:

Only sub­mis­si­ons via this por­tal will be accep­ted.