Two job announcements from MPIWG

Historian of knowledge in the contemporary period (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Department I (Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge), Director: Prof. Jürgen Renn, is seeking to employ an 

Historian of knowledge in the contemporary period (m/f/d)

from September 1st, 2022 for a maximum of two years, with a contract according to the TVöD-Bund pay scale (E13) for research in the BMBF project (Grant No. 01 UG2131):

Socio-epistemic networks: Modelling historical knowledge processes

We are aiming at continuing the project after the funding period. Therefore, there is the possibility of extension.

The research project aims to model historical developments of knowledge systems by combining the analysis of semantic changes with their coupling and feedback to sociological and institutional changes. The successful candidate will work on applying methods for the historical time-dependent complex multilayer networks to historical cases of her/his choice. To complement the existing research team, the successful candidate should have a strong focus on the history of modern science, a robust knowledge of network theory and applications, an interest in social and semantic modelling and their historiographical implications. Ideally, the candidate should be interested in developing a project on the history of computer-guided modelling.


We offer:

The Max Planck Society aims 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.

The application should contain a summary of the PhD project, a list with at least one referee who will be contacted if the candidate is shortlisted, a CV including a selection of publications and a short letter of motivation.

Candidates are requested to submit their applications via our online portal:

Only submissions via this portal will be accepted.

The deadline for submission is June 10th, 2022 (23:59 h CET).

Interviews will be held from June 27th to July 1st.

For more information on the project, see and please contact: Dirk Wintergrün and Malte Vogl, ( For questions about administrative matters or the application portal, please email the office of Department 1 (

Visiting Scholarships (residential, 3–12 months)

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin,

Department III: Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, directed by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer,

offers several Visiting Scholarships (residential, 3–12 months) to take place within the period from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.

We invite scholars to apply for participation in the working group “Agriculture and the Making of Sciences (1100–1700)” of Department III. The working group explores how agricultural practices informed scientific, technological, and medical change from the twelfth to seventeenth centuries, with special focus on the study of extra-European contexts. The working group’s research theme changes annually, and in 2022-23 it will focus on the annual theme of “water”. We welcome researchers working on agricultural practices related to water, such as irrigation, water harvesting, construction and maintenance of waterworks, or water management. Their research should address the question of how these practices contributed to the development of pre-modern sciences studying water, especially how they were in relation to fields of knowledge and practices other than agriculture.

We welcome applications from candidates in every field within history, the history of science and technology, archeology, philology and art history, and with some preference for research that is multilingual and transregional in nature.

Visiting scholars receive a stipend commensurate with experience for their period of residence, and reimbursement for a return ticket to and from their place of residence. 

The successful candidates are expected to take part in the scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the working group activities during their period of residence. 

Candidates are requested to submit:

  1.  a cover letter (indicating your preferred period of residence)
  2.  curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
  3.  a research prospectus on a topic related to the project (1000 words maximum)

Applications must be submitted in German or English via our online application portal: Please note that only complete electronic submissions uploaded to this link will be accepted. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Review of applications will commence from 1 June 2022 and continue until the working group’s capacity is full or until 31 March 2023, whichever is earlier.

The Max Planck Society strives to foster an inclusive environment for all. As an institute, MPIWG encourages applications from individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and/or disabilities, particularly where underrepresented in our community. Visit these webpages to learn more about MPIWG’s policies toward gender equality and recruitment practices for persons with disabilities.

For research-related questions about the working group and Department III, please contact Chun Xu (; For administrative questions concerning the scholarship and the Institute, please contact Rand El Zein ( For technical questions regarding the application portal, please contact the Department secretary Karin Weninger (  

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