Position as Postdoctoral Fellow (Dept I) at MPIWG
L’Institut Max Planck pour l’Histoire des Sciences à Berlin,
Allemagne, est un des plus de 80 instituts de recherche administrés par la
Société Max Planck. Le MPIWG consiste de trois départements et de
plusieurs groups de recherches. Depuis sa fondation, l’Institut s’est
approché des questions fondamentales de l’histoire du savoir, de
l’époque néolithique jusqu’á aujourd’hui. Nos chercheurs
poursuivent une épistémologie historique dans leur recherche sur le
développement des catégories nouvelles de la pensée, de la preuve et de
l’expérience dans l’interaction des sciences et de leur cultures

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The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Research Group
"Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene" (Dpt. 1), is offering a position for

Postdoctoral Fellow

 for two years, starting from October 1, 2019. The position is established
in the framework of a cooperation between the MPIWG, the Anthropocene
Working Group (AWG) set up by the International Commission on Stratigraphy,
and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW).

The research undertaken by the candidate is supposed to critically assess
and engage with the shifting material and epistemic cultures of the
geological sciences in light of the Anthropocene concept, both in an
historical and in contemporary perspective. It may comprise of one or
several of the following areas of study:

·      comparative history of materials and geochemical/biotic signals
relevant to defining a stratigraphic marker for the Anthropocene (such as
plastics, fly ash, radiogenic isotopes, carbon isotopes, heavy metals,
chemical and organic compounds, etc.)·      history of geochemistry and

·      recent history of stratigraphy, incl. chemo- and biostratigraphic

·      material cultures of the geological sciences

·      epistemic transformations of the geological sciences in the wake of
the Anthropocene hypothesis

Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science, science
studies or related fields at the time the position begins, and be able to
show evidence of scholarly excellence in the form of initial international
publications. The candidate is expected to work in an inter- and
transdisciplinary setting and be in regular exchange with the AWG and HKW
on matters concerning the research. 

 The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching and with
minor administrative duties for the Research Group. Remuneration is based
on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13, or up to E14 depending on

 The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international
and interdisciplinary research institute. The working 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 Max Planck Society wishes to increase the proportion of women in those
areas in which they are currently underrepresented. We therefore
specifically encourage women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed
to employing more disabled individuals, and applications from disabled
people are especially welcome.

 Applications should include a curriculum vitae (including list of
publications), a description of the specific research interest in the
topics related to the project (750 words maximum), and the contact details
of two referees who are willing to provide a reference if the candidate
will be shortlisted.

 Candidates are requested to submit, via our online application portal: https://recruitment.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/position/13303818

Only electronic submissions via this portal will be accepted. 

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2019 (23:59 h PST). 

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by July 1, 2019, and interviews
will take place in the week commencing August 5, 2019.

 For questions regarding the expected position please contact Christoph
Rosol (rosol@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de). For
questions about the Institute, administrative matters, or the application
portal, please email the office of Department 1 (rennoffice@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).