Doctoral Candidate, Globalization Processes of Knowledges in Asia, Cold War Period

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Job type: fixed

Application deadline: January 21, 2016


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is looking to hire a doctoral candidate to start on April 1, 2016 with an employment contract (salary in the amount of 50% TVöD E13) for a three-year period for the project “Globalization Processes of Knowledges in Asia.”

The project “Globalization Processes of Knowledges in Asia” seeks to contribute to the global history of knowledge – an approach to history that doesn’t rely on a one-sided diffusion model, but instead understands transfer processes as multilateral transformations of knowledge systems. Its goal is to investigate the dynamics of such transformation processes using a historical theory on the evolution of knowledge as well as through approaches from the field of the global history of science. The project’s central question is twofold: First, it asks which political, economic, and cultural conditions shape processes of the globalization of knowledge? And secondly, what effects do these globalization processes subsequently have on the societal contexts in which they take place? Bearing these goals in mind, we are looking for a doctoral project that incorporates both multilateral relations and global conditionality.

Expected Area of Focus:

We are looking for a doctoral candidate interested in writing his/her doctoral thesis within the context of the cooperation between the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science and the research group “East Asian Impacts on the Globalization of Knowledge: Marine Resources during the Cold War.” First, the thesis should use multilateral perspectives to examine the interaction between processes in the globalization of knowledge and societal conditions – in other words, the project should bear in mind the global contingency of local phenomena. Second, the doctoral candidate will be expected to either contribute to the development of the theoretical framework of a historical theory on the evolution of knowledge, or to engage the methodological and theoretical issues of the global history of knowledge.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Completed university degree (MA level) in History, the History of Science, Economic History, Regional Studies, or a related field

Applicants with the following qualifications preferred:

  • Knowledge of either Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Russian — especially reading skills for the purpose of archival work
  • Familiarity with the theoretical approaches of historical epistemology, global and knowledge history, as well as with the theories of cultural evolution.
  • Ability to produce academic publications in English

All application materials (including a CV, a letter of motivation, a copy of the applicant’s MA certificate or verification that the applicant’s thesis has already been submitted, a digital copy of the applicant’s MA thesis in the form of a PDF, and proof of language abilities, if available) should be submitted to rennoffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de by 01.21.2016.

Please bear in mind that only applications submitted electronically will be considered.

We look forward to receiving applications from scholars of all nationalities, and applications from women are especially desired. Furthermore, the Max Plank Society strives to support severely handicapped individuals and thus especially encourages such individuals to apply.

Posted: January 25, 2016