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Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Predoctoral Position August 23, 2012

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Predoctoral Position

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Department I (Prof. Jürgen Renn), announces a four year predoctoral position startingNovember 01, 2012.

Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. The position is awarded as part of the research project CRC 980 “Episteme in Bewegung (Episteme in Motion),” Sub-project B6 “Formation of Cosmological Knowledge in the Pre Modern Era: Transmission and Change in Diachronic and TransculturalPerspectives” (http://www.mpiwg berlin.mpg.de/de/forschung/projects/DEPT1_188Renn-Episteme/index_html). The predoctoral fellow is also  expected to participate in at least one other research project of the Institute.

Research projects should concern the medieval and early modern history of astronomy, in particular, the sphaera-tradition (see http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/de/forschung/projects/DEPT1_188Renn-Episteme1/index_html). We encourage interdisciplinary projects, especially in the fields of the history of science, cultural and intellectual history, philosophy and literature.

Preference will be given to candidates with a Masters degree in the history of science, history, history of philosophyor classical philology, and with basic knowledge of the history of astronomy. The candidate should have experience of working with primary sources and very good knowledge of Latin. Knowledge of other languages relevant for the history of science (such as Greek, Arabic or Hebrew) is desirable but not essential.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute (http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/index.html). The interview language is English or German. Candidates are expected to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications, however, may be submitted in German, English, French, Spanish or Italian.

The position will be endowed as a predoctoral fellow employment rated 50% TVöD E13 in the German system. Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

Candidates are requested to send a cover letter presenting their research interests in relation to the project theme as well as their motivations, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, and a reference letter from their Masters advisor (this letter may be sent separately) no later than September 25, 2012 to:

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Administration, Predoc. Dept. I (SFB 980), Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany.

For questions concerning the research project, please contact Dr. Pietro Daniel Omodeo (pdomodeo@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de); for general questions, please contact Claudia Paaß (paass@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de), Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider (jsr@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de), Research Coordinator.

The short-list selection will begin immediately after the deadline on September 25.

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