“The Construction of Norms in 17th- to 19th-Century Europe and the US” (1-yr Pre/Post-doc, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, announces

1 Pre/Postdoctoral position for one year (with possible extension)

Starting date: January 1, 2014 (flexible)

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 Group Director: Dr Sabine Arnaud).

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 largescale translation of Latin sources on Sign Language or on conceptions of sound and hearing will also be considered. Doctoral 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.

Fellows are expected to participate in the research activities at the Institute. 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.

The postdoctoral fellowship is endowed with a monthly stipend between 2.100 € and 2.500€ (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany).

Pre-doctoral candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, dissertation project outline (maximum 3,000 words), and two reference letters (these letters may be sent separately)

Postdoctoral candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae including list of publications, copies of certificates, research project (maximum 3,000 words), a publication sample, addresses of two referees (preferably including email) and the names and addresses of two referees (preferably including email) who have already been contacted by the applicant to confirm their willingness to submit letters of presentation.

Candidates with a project involving large-scale translation of Latin sources should send a curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, a detailed cover letter, a translation sample from a Latin text written between the 16th and the 18th centuries (published or not), and two reference letters (these letters may be sent separately)

The Max Planck Research Group (Sabine Arnaud) is also accepting proposals for non-funded Visiting Fellowships from one month to a year. These positions are normally open to doctoral candidates or post-docs who have external funding. The Max Planck Research Group (Sabine Arnaud) will support a limited number of funding applications to organizations such as Fulbright, DAAD, and Humboldt-Stiftung for fellowships starting in 2014, or 2015.

Please send your application in English no later than July 31, 2012


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Administration, MRG Arnaud – fellowships

Boltzmannstraße 22

14195 Berlin


(Electronic submission is also possible.)

For administrative questions concerning the fellowships and the Institute, please contact

Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider, Research Coordinator.

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