Stephan Schiffels

Population Genetics – Computational Methods - Human History

16 open PhD positions at the MPI-SHH

Posted on December 18, 2018 Categories: news

(Cross-posting from the original ad at the MPI-SHH Webpage, offline now)

The MPI-SHH pursues an integrative approach to the study of human history. “Hard” facts as bones, teeth, plants, stones and “soft” facts as languages, history, or religions can say a lot about human history. It is our task to understand and interpret them. The International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human History (IMPRS-SHH) is seeking for researchers knowing well how to decode such facts and data and looking for new ways of decoding them. The IMPRS-SHH is a cooperation of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and Friedrich Schiller University, both situated in Jena, a traditional as well as a modern university town in the heart of Germany. The IMPRS-SHH is offering 16 PhD positions for 14 projects.

Being integrated into state-of-the art ongoing research at the MPI-SHH and FSU, the IMPRS- SHH provides doctoral researchers a stimulating environment and optimal conditions for their PhD projects and custom-made preparation for the time thereafter, both with regard to aca- demic and non-academic careers. We offer a clearly structured doctoral program with three pillars: a mentoring program for individual supervision by outstanding scientists, a scientific program of high academic standard, and a transferable skills program.

Participating disciplines include Agronomics, Archaeobotany, Archaeogenetics, Prehistoric Archaeology, Archaeozoology, Audiology, Bioinformatics, Comparative Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Contact Linguistics, Demographic History, Earth Sciences, Evolutionary Ecology, Genetics, Geoscience, Hearing Physiology, Historical Linguistics, History, Linguistic Palaeon- tology, Linguistics, Micropalaeontology, Palaeoecology, Palaeontology, Physical Anthropolo- gy, Plant Biology, Population Genetics, Psychology, Radiology, Zoology.

Among others, the following methods and subjects are important: animal cognition, cognition, communication, cooperation, DNA, domestic dogs, isotope analysis, historical comparative re- construction, language evolution, palaeoenvironments, spatial modeling.

The language of the IMPRS-SHH is English. The graduate school provides a regularly attended coordination office supporting the PhD students from all over the world.

Please visit our website for details about the projects, the IMPRS- SHH and admission requirements.

The preferred starting date of PhD appointment: September 1st, 2019 / or an individual basis between July 1 and October 1, 2019

Contract type: TV-B/L 13 (50% / Max Planck support contract or contract with university), temporary, 3 years (extension possible)

Application: via our online application portal The application deadline is January 31st, 2019. The deadline for references is February 3rd, 2019.

For further information on how to apply, please visit our website, or contact us at

IMPRS-SHH is supporting equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more handicapped individu- als and especially encourages them to apply.

Reference to data protection: Your data protection rights, the purpose for which your data will be processed, as well as further information about data protection is available to you on the website