PhD Position in European Space History

PhD Position in European Space History

The DFG-funded Emmy Noether research group "The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the Twentieth Century” at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut of Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for a two-year PhD position. Salary grade accords to E 13 TV-L.

Candidates should have completed their post-graduate studies in History with a specialization in History of Science, History of Technology, Cultural History or Art History by the time the appointment begins. Applicants should be fluent in English. The ability to work in German would be an asset. Applicants without any knowledge of German are expected, if appointed, to acquire within one year a sufficient level of proficiency.

The successful candidate will be expected to conceptualize and compose a dissertation that is related to European Space History. Furthermore, she/he will be actively engaged in all activities relevant to the research group including the organization and realization of workshops and conferences as well as full participation in its operation and activities.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, copies of relevant academic certificates, a research proposal of no more than 3,000 words, and names and contact information for two academic references. Applications (marked 05-FMI-2013-Geppert) should be addressed to Dr. Alexander C.T. Geppert, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Koserstrasse 20, D-14195 Berlin, Germany.

Application deadline is 20 August 2013. Interviews will be held in mid-September.

Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. If equally qualified, persons with severe disabilities will be preferred. Since application files will not be returned to applicants, original documents must not be included. Electronic submissions will not be considered at this stage.

Queries about the position should be directed to Dr. Alexander Geppert, head of the research group, at Prospective applicants are invited to consult for further information.


Dr. Alexander C.T. Geppert
Emmy Noether Research Group Director
Freie Universität Berlin
Koserstrasse 20
D-14195 Berlin

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