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Max-Planck-Insti­tut für Wis­sen­schafts­ge­schichte - Depart­ment III

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

The Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence, Ber­lin (MPIWG) Depart­ment 3 is look­ing to employ one stu­dent assist­ant

With work­ing hours up to 83 h/per month, from Octo­ber 1, 2021, until March 31, 2022, with the pos­sib­il­ity of exten­sion(s).

Work­ing field:

The stu­dent assist­ant will sup­port research tasks in the “Visu­al­iz­a­tions of the Heav­ens” Work­ing Group—which focuses on visual rep­res­ent­a­tions and mater­ial objects in the cre­ation, change, and move­ment of astral know­ledge across space and time—as well as admin­is­trat­ive tasks in the Depart­ment Office. The Work­ing Group includes inter­na­tional schol­ars, and the stu­dent assist­ant will mainly assist their research by extend­ing and main­tain­ing a pro­tec­ted image data­base and by sup­port­ing related (geo)visu­al­iz­a­tion pro­jects. Research tasks will include:
  • con­trol, veri­fic­a­tion, and stand­ard­iz­a­tion of exist­ing data­base entries;
  • lib­rary research, scan­ning books, upload­ing visual mater­ial and metadata to the data­base; and
  • sup­port­ing the group’s research pro­jects and activ­it­ies.
In addi­tion, the stu­dent assist­ant will sup­port the Depart­ment Office with admin­is­trat­ive tasks ran­ging from sup­port­ing inter­na­tional vis­it­ors and sci­entific events, main­tain­ing and updat­ing webpages and vari­ous data­bases, to assist­ing with edit­or­ial work on mis­cel­laneous texts.


Nat­ive Ger­man speak­ers with a good com­mand of Eng­lish and nat­ive Eng­lish speak­ers with a good com­mand of Ger­man are encour­aged to apply. Read­ing abil­ity in at least one of the fol­low­ing lan­guages is con­sidered an advant­age: mod­ern European, South Asian (Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu Bengal, Malay­alam, Kan­nada, Telogu), Middle East­ern (Arabic, Per­sian, Turk lan­guages, Egyp­tian), clas­sical Greek, and Latin.

Applic­ants must be enrolled at a uni­versity in Ber­lin or Branden­burg, prefer­ably in one of the fol­low­ing dis­cip­lines: art his­tory, his­tory of sci­ence, intel­lec­tual or regional his­tory, museum or lib­rary stud­ies, or related dis­cip­lines. Applic­ants without a bach­elor’s degree should be in at least their third semester of study. Applic­ants should have a good work­ing know­ledge of mod­ern inform­a­tion tech­no­logy and the abil­ity to work both inde­pend­ently and in a team. Exper­i­ence with digital human­it­ies (such as visual data­bases and GIS soft­ware) is con­sidered an advant­age.

What we of­fer:

The hourly rate is cal­cu­lated accord­ing to the Max Planck Soci­ety’s pro­gram to sup­port junior schol­ars: 12,00 € for bach­elor’s stu­dents, and 13,95 € for stu­dents enrolled in a mas­ter’s pro­gram who already hold a bach­elor’s degree.

How to ap­ply:

The Max Planck Soci­ety is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer that strives to foster an inclus­ive work­place for all. As an insti­tute, MPIWG encour­ages applic­a­tions from indi­vidu­als regard­less of gender, sexual ori­ent­a­tion, eth­ni­city, nation­al­ity, and/or dis­ab­il­it­ies, par­tic­u­larly where under­rep­res­en­ted in our work­force. Visit these webpages to learn more about MPIWG’s policies toward gender equal­ity and hir­ing prac­tices for per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies.

Please apply via the online applic­a­tion portal ( by attach­ing a let­ter of applic­a­tion, CV, and a scan of your cur­rent cer­ti­fic­ate of enroll­ment (Immat­riku­la­tions-/Semes­terbes­chein­i­gung) - before July 31, 2021. Only elec­tronic applic­a­tions through the portal will be accep­ted. Final­ists will be inter­viewed dur­ing the week of August 23, 2021, and the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be noti­fied dur­ing the week of Septem­ber 6, 2021. Please note that only the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be noti­fied.