The International Max Planck Research School “Knowledge and Its Resources: Historical Reciprocities” (IMPRS-KIR) invites applications for 5 doctoral positions, to begin on September 1, 2024. Each position will run for 3.5 years, with the possibility of extending once by six months.
About IMPRS- KIR
The IMPRS-KIR is a research-driven PhD program based in the history and philosophy of science,
technology, and medicine (HPSTM). It is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin. The IMPRS-KIR traces the deep entanglements of knowledge and its resources from a long-term and global perspective. Key to its agenda is a “historical-political epistemology” that highlights how knowledge is shaped historically by a great variety of resources – political systems, technological infrastructures, social interaction, material objects and media technologies. Knowledge, in turn, is understood as a means to define and unlock such resources, while being, in and of itself, one of the key resources of human culture.
The School offers training in historical-political epistemology, combining HPSTM with Regional and Global Studies, Science & Technology Studies (STS), all fields of history, media studies, museum studies, archaeology, art history, literary studies, philology, environmental studies, and digital humanities research. Prospective doctoral students with projects on any specialty and period within these and related fields are invited to apply.
The doctoral positions are open to applicants of all nationalities holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the aforementioned fields and having proficiency in English, and, preferably, in one or more additional languages. Candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work and that of others in English; dissertations may be submitted in German, English, or any of the supervisors’ working languages. Selection criteria relate to the excellence of the individual candidate and project and the closeness of the project’s fit with the School’s agenda.
About the opportunity:
The successful applicants will receive funding via an employment contract with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science or with one of the three Berlin universities involved in the IMPRS-KIR (FU, HU, TU) and will have the possibility to teach. Two employment contracts will be issued by the MPIWG (2/3 Em 13 TVöD), one employment contract each by FU, HU and TU (2/3 E 13 TVL). For details on the contractual framework, please refer to the FAQ on the IMPRS website (https://imprs.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/how-to-apply#section_2).
The PhD degrees will be awarded by one of the Berlin university departments represented in the
Principal Teaching Faculty. Additionally, an IMPRS certificate of the Max Planck Society will be awarded.
Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:
• a cover letter with a personal statement of your motivation for applying to the IMPRS-KIR (max. 1,000 words)
• a dissertation proposal (max. 2,500 words, excluding bibliography) including working title, abstract (max. 250 words), research topic and state of the art in the field of study concerned, research questions and objectives, methodology, short description of the project’s feasibility and how it would be carried out (including a list of archives if applicable), bibliography (max. 30 titles)
• a curriculum vitae (1–2 pages)
• copies of degree certificates/proof of the finishing date of your Master’s degree
• transcript of grades achieved during your Master’s studies
• proof of fluency in English (preferably at level C1, but at least at level B2). If English is your native language or if you went to a university where the language of instruction was English, you do not need to submit an English certificate.
• contact details of two academic referees. Our Selection Committee will contact referees for shortlisted applicants.
Please submit these materials as separate PDF documents exclusively through the following application portal: https://recruitment.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/position/25821191
Only complete applications submitted via the application portal will be accepted. The portal will close on January 15, 2024, 23.59 Central European Time.
For more information, please consult the FAQs on the website of the IMPRS:
For further inquiries about the new PhD program and the recruitment process, please contact the IMPRS Office: [email protected]