Scientific coordinator

For the newly founded International Max Planck Research School “Global Multiplicity. A Social Anthropology for the Now”; application deadline: 1 May 2023


  • Topic Job OfferScientific coordinator
  • When to (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
  • Where Halle (Saale) Germany
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The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though
many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.

For our newly founded International Max Planck Research School “Global Multiplicity. A Social Anthropology for the Now” we are looking for a

Scientific coordinator (m/f/d)

The International Max Planck Research School “Global Multiplicity. A Social Anthropology for the Now” will be operated in a consortium with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Leipzig and the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Scientific background and objectives Multiplicity is a key to understanding 21st-century social worlds. All the major problems that the world faces today have multiple dimensions, intersect with other problems, and have to be addressed through multifaceted measures. Understanding these problems and their relevance for the dynamic re-making of relational universes necessitates the development of appropriate conceptual tools. This graduate school will train the next generation of researchers to be capable of dealing with such multiplicity. By bringing together scholars working in anthropology and scholars from other disciplines who engage with anthropological perspectives and methods, the school will provide much-needed synergy in the study of key contemporary challenges, including climate change, the digital revolution, the crises of modernity, and questions of justice and equality. We will address these challenges by researching questions of power, utility and value within three areas of inquiry: political potentials, economic reordering, and legal complexity and justice.

The graduate school will provide a productive environment for doctoral students from the four participating institutions to use anthropological methods and theories to develop a fine-grained understanding of specific situations, allowing them to identify and analyseboth local dynamics and universal concerns. By pooling the expertise of teachers from four hubs of transregional studies and creating a context for collaborative learning across fields (politics, economy and law), disciplines (such as, for example, anthropology, law, sociology, history), regions, and continents, the IMPRS will provide members with access to a wide range of expertise and styles of scholarship. This will allow for specialization and attention to (thematic and regional) detail while providing opportunities for comparative reasoning, conceptual learning, and critical reflection.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Conception, organization and management of a structured doctoral training program (courses and curriculum)
  • Participation in the development and management of the curriculum, including the creation of an assessment system, teaching activities, supervision of examination performances, quality assurance of the study program and organization of annual research schools
  • Teaching or co-teaching a selected number of modules, with sufficient qualification co-supervision of PhD students would be possible and appreciated
  • Preparation, organization and implementation of selection procedures for the recruitment of national and international doctoral students
  • Scientific coordination of the IMPRS, in particular organization of cooperation between the scientific members of the MPI and the partner universities, thematic development of the IMPRS, development of effective cooperation procedures and implementation of reliable administrative structures
  • Budget planning and overseeing in collaboration with the institute administration
    Scientific reporting and evaluation
  • Content-related supervision of the IMPRS website and social media activities, PR work for the IMPRS
  • Supervision and guidance of the IMPRS secretary

Your Profile

  • successful completed PhD degree in Social Anthropology or a related discipline and preferably Habilitation or equivalent of Habilition
  • experience in anthropological research, publishing and teaching
  • proven professional experience in the coordination of scientific projects, in supervision of BA or MA thesis and/or PhD supervison
  • strong teamwork orientation, excellent communication and organizational skills
  • evidence of very good command of written and spoken English and German (level C2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • confident handling of Microsoft Office, content management systems and research management software

Our offer

The position is preferably to start on 1 June 2023. It is time-limited for 6 years. Employment will be on a full-time contractual basis. Remuneration is in accordance with the Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD), level E14. In addition, social benefits are granted in accordance with the regulations for the public sector, such as a company pension plan, annual bonus payment and performance-related pay. We also offer a job ticket, company health management and childcare services in cooperation with local daycare centers.

The workplace is Halle (Saale), which is a dynamic, green as well as historical city in central Germany and home to numerous renowned universities and scientific institutions.
Our modern campus is in a quiet neighbourhood near the centre of town.
The Max Planck Society is committed to raising the proportion of women in science; we thus explicitly encourage applications from female researchers. Individuals with disabilities will be given priority, assuming equal qualifications.

Application procedure

Please submit your application materials electronically by 1 May 2023 by following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career’), or by going directly to the online application form using the link below.

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae including list of publications
  • copies of university degrees
  • names of 2 referees we may contact

If you have further questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
Ms. Carolin Klevenow (Human Resources Officer)

Email: klevenow[ at ]

We look forward to receiving your completed online application under:

Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute is available on our website:


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Carolin Klevenow

klevenow[ at ]