Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships (M/F/D)

Stellenangebot vom 5. November 2023

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 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:

Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellows (M/F/D)

The deadline for application for both fellowships is January 15, 2024, 12 pm CEST. Both positions are full-time.

The start date for the Postdoctoral Fellowship is September 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a one-year position with the possibility of extension.

The start date for the Predoctoral Fellowship is flexible. Applicants should propose a funding period of desired length within the academic year 2023/24. Motivations for the length of period proposed should be made clear in the cover letter. In order to be eligible, applicants to the Predoctoral Fellowship must be enrolled in a PhD program at a university.

What we look for

The Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellows will conduct their own original research project within the overall framework of the Research Group. 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. The successful candidates will actively participate in the Group’s activities and are expected to contribute to its publication output while benefiting 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 Principal Investigator. Candidates should have excellent written and spoken English and be conversant in Italian and/or German.

Candidates are invited to include in their cover letter a statement of how their work advances the goals of the research group. In order to do so, it is suggested to review the Research Group’s research agenda, yearly initiatives and event series, as well as the broader structure of the Bibliotheca Hertziana into which the Research Group fits.

We welcome applications from candidates 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 particular attention to the strength of the proposed project and its potential to yield original results.

These are residential fellowships. By the start of their appointment, fellows are expected to have taken up residence in Rome. The fellowship may not be held concurrently with another major fellowship award; fellows may not take on other obligations during their fellowship period.

What we offer

The Max Planck Society offers a fixed-term contract of employment of one year with the possibility of renewal. Stipend and benefits are determined according to the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVöD Bund, level E 13) or equivalent, depending on individual 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.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the online application portal before January 15, 2024, 12 pm CEST:

The candidate must upload the following documents as separate PDF files to the application portal:

  • Cover letter that clearly states the candidate’s contribution to the Research Group’s objectives
  • Description of proposed research project (max. 1000 words), accompanied by a one-page bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications (including those forthcoming, under revision, submitted, or in preparation)
  • Output proposal (max. 500 words). This could be a site visit, a collaboration with a local collection, a research seminar, a publishable piece of writing, or a contribution to a national or international conference. The proposal should detail specific names and locations and specify how the output aligns with the Research Group’s themes.

Candidates must also provide details of one referee. The application portal will prompt candidates to enter the name and email address of their referee. Upon submission of the application, the referee will automatically be sent a request for the reference letter and a link with which they can upload it to the portal. Letters must be uploaded one week after application submission; applicants are asked to inform their referees of this requirement.

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