Predoctoral position Berlin (October 2012)

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, announces


1 Predoctoral position for one or two years (with possible extension)

Starting date: between April 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013


Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. The position is awarded in conjunction with the research project The Construction of Norms in 17th- to 19th-Century Europe and the United States.

Research projects should fit with one of the project’s focal points, deafness or hysteria, or any medical category (including disability), and address any period between the early seventeenth century and the late nineteenth century and any European country or the United States. Comparative studies are welcome.

Although projects must have a history of science component, this may be in either the natural or the human sciences, with relevant disciplinary perspectives including history of psychology, legal history, history of medicine, technology studies, disability studies, linguistics, comparative literature, history of philosophy, and others. Projects involving large-scale translation of Latin sources on Sign Language or on conceptions of sound and hearing will also be considered. Candidates must already be registered for PhD studies at their home university.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more individuals with disabilities and encourages them to apply. The Institute 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.
The successful applicant may be employed as a predoctoral fellow rated 50% TVöD E13 in the German system, or alternatively receive a fellowship (monthly stipend: € 1,365). Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Please send a covering letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, dissertation project outline (maximum 3,000 words), and two reference letters (these letters may be sent separately), no later than December 31, 2012

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Administration, Predoc MRG Arnaud

Boltzmannstraße 22

14195 Berlin Germany

(Electronic submission is also possible:

For administrative questions concerning the fellowships and the Institute, please contact Claudia Paaß (, Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider (jsr@mpiwg-, Research Coordinator.