Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Postdoc Fellow

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: September 30, 2014

Two fellowships for the academic year 2014-2015 are offered by Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, MPIWG) Department I, Prof. Jürgen Renn, and the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU). Starting dates are negotiable. Each 2-year fellowship is a full-time year-round appointment. Applicants must state a preference for either the MPIWG or OU as their host institution; one fellowship will be awarded for each location.

Each fellow will be expected to publish a work in Edition Open Sources (EOS) by the end of the second year of the fellowship. Each fellow will acquire skills relevant to the digital humanities using the EOS workflow and is responsible for editing of his or her own work to the end stage of publication.

The MPIWG is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium 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. Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 2.100 € and 2.500 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany, who may alternatively opt for an employment contract TVöD E14 in the German payscale system).

After the first year in one of the host institutions, the postdoctoral fellows will exchange their positions for a period of six months: The postdoctoral fellow employed at OU will move to the MPIWG, the postdoctoral fellow employed at the MPIWG will move to Oklahoma. Round-trip airfare to and from the collaborating institution during the second year is provided by the fellow’s original host institution. The monthly stipend will be unaffected during the exchange period.

Applications for fellowships must include a book proposal, which is reviewed following the same protocol as book proposals by other authors (Submission guidelines).

Candidates must submit the following application documents as a single PDF file no later than September 30, 2014:

  • Cover letter (2 – 3 pages)
  • CV (including publication list)
  • Book proposal (See Instructions for Authors)
  • Official copies of degree certificates
  • Writing sample (max. 8000 words)

Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Please upload your application at

The applicant must also provide names and email addresses of at least two scholars who will provide letters of recommendation by the deadline. Please note that the referees will automatically be contacted and asked to submit their letters electronically. Letters received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The University of Oklahoma and Max Planck Society are equal opportunity employers. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

For questions concerning the research project and Department I (MPIWG), please contact Dr. Matteo Valleriani (; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration (

Posted: August 30, 2014