Predoctoral Fellow: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) 841 views

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) is seeking to appoint a Predoctoral Fellow (m/f/d). The post is available as soon as possible for a period of three years with a possible extension of up to one year.

About the position:
  • The newly appointed Predoctoral Fellow will work within the Max Planck Research Group “Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences”.
  • The research group examines how evaluative categories and methods of validation have been translated and transmuted across scientific approaches to studying health and disease, from the late 19th to the early 21st century.

Thematic areas:

  1. How have validation practices been established, revised and policed in relation to historically specific moral, economic and political concerns?
  2. How have practices of validation been used in boundary work during different crises or challenges in biomedical research?
  3. How were validity claims mediated and propagated through specific technologies, materials and forms of communication?


  • Applicant must hold completed Master’s degree in the History of Science or cognate disciplines.
  • Applicant must possess ability to speak fluently and produce academic publications in English.
  • Ability to communicate in German is highly desirable.


Submit application online (in English) including:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Short Research Proposal (max. 1000 words)
  • Copy of MA certificate or verification that the applicant’s thesis has already been submitted, copy of MA thesis (PDF)
  • Names of three references available for contact within the application period
  • Proof of language abilities, if available)
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Country Germany
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas History of Science
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline October 31, 2021

Company Information
  • Total Jobs 420 Jobs
  • Address Germany
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