Predoctoral Fellow (M/F/D) Lise Meitner Research Group “Decay, Loss and Conservation in Art History”

Offerta di lavoro dal 30 Maggio 2022

The Max Planck Society is Germany’s premier research organization. The 86 Max Planck Institutes conduct research at the highest level, in the service of the general public, in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

The new Lise Meitner Research Group “Decay, Loss and Conservation in Art History” led by Francesca Borgo at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome seeks to appoint a:

Predoctoral Fellow (M/F/D)

The deadline for application is July 1, 2022, 12 pm CEST. Interviews will be held online in July 2022. Candidates should propose a funding period of up to ten months within the academic year (September to June). Motivations for the length of period proposed should be made clear in the cover letter.

The Predoctoral Fellow will conduct their own original research project within the overall framework of the Research Group (please see website). Excellence in research, commitment to pursue new insights through original scholarship, and willingness to become part of a group of young, international scholars are essential. Fellows will actively participate in the Group’s activities and are invited to contribute to its publication output while benefitting from editorial and image licensing support. They will be responsible for planning and organizing seminars, workshops, visits and fieldtrips in collaboration with other team members and under the supervision of the Group Leader. Candidates must be conversant in English and familiar with Italian and/or German.

This position is intended for a PhD student enrolled at any university worldwide who has already completed the first year of their research (for US-based students this means they must be ABD). The primary goal is to allow students working on their PhD dissertation to pursue their studies and carry out research in Rome. Candidates should clarify how residence in Rome and participation in this Research Group benefits their PhD research, and should seek the approval of their doctoral advisor.

We welcome applications from doctoral students in every field within the history of art, technical art history, conservation history and museum studies, with preference given to projects spanning traditional disciplinary boundaries. The selection committee aims to assess the ability of candidates to contribute in a collegial way to the intellectual life of the Research Group. We give special consideration to candidates without regular access to research materials and facilities in Italy and pay special attention to the strength of the proposed project and its potential to yield original results.

This is a residential fellowship. By the start of the appointment, candidates are expected to have taken up residence in Rome. The fellowship may not be held concurrently with another major fellowship award; applicants must disclose any supplementary funding and may not take on other obligations during their fellowship period.

The Max Planck Society offers a fixed-term contract of employment. Stipend and benefits are determined according to the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (65% TVöD Bund E 13) or equivalent, depending on individual personal circumstances. Fellows enjoy all the privileges of the Institute, including library access seven days a week, a research budget and their own carrel or desk.

We encourage women and individuals from communities that are underrepresented in academia to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to fostering equal opportunities and diversity and welcomes applicants from all parts of society, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disabilities, or sexual orientation.

To apply the candidate must upload the following documents as separate PDF files to the application portal.

  • Cover letter
  • Description of current research project (max. 1000 words), plus a bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae and list of publications (including those forthcoming, under revision, submitted or in preparation)
  • Research timeline (one page)
  • Contact details of two referees (no reference letters needed at this stage)
  • Writing sample

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the Group Leader for an informal discussion prior to submitting their application:

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