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Postdoctoral Scholar (f/m) Physics or Philosophy of Physics, History of Science or Philosophy of Science

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Berlin, 22.09.2017

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Max Planck Research Group Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program, headed by Dr. Alexander Blum, is seeking

two postdoctoral scholars,

starting date: 01 February 2018,for two years, with employment contract and the possibility of extension by up to two additional years.
The positions are closely related to the research agenda of the group ( The research group will pursue interdisciplinary research at the intersection of history of science and physics.
We are seeking one outstanding junior scholar with a background in physics (or philosophy of physics) and one outstanding junior scholar with a background in history of science (or philosophy of science).
At the time the position begins, candidates should hold a doctorate in the field relevant to position they are applying for (PhD achieved in 2015 or later).
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in the research activities of the Institute, and to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications may be submitted in German or English.
The positions are primarily devoted to research, with no teaching obligations. Remuneration is based on the TVöD-Bund pay scales (E13).
Candidates of all nationalities are invited to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.
Candidates are requested to submit their applications online using the following link:
Deadline for submission: 19 November 2017 (23:59 CET)
Note that only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Your application should contain:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • research prospectus (850 words maximum, establishing a connection with the program of the research group)
  • sample of writing
  • names and contact details of at least two referees.
For questions concerning the research group, please contact Dr. Alexander Blum (; for technical questions regarding the application portal, for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please first contact the secretary of the executive director (
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Bewerbungsschluss: 19.11.2017