Your application

Please submit your application in English as a single PDF file (max. 5 MB) to the relevant contact person, including the following:

  • Cover letter, explaining your interest in this position and your relevant background
  • CV
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • Names and contact information (email and phone) for 1 or more references

Student Assistants

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History welcomes applications to work as Student Assistants in a variety of environments. In addition to the scientific departments, research groups, and laboratories, we also seek individuals to work in the service units, such as central administration, the IT Department, and the press department.

Interested persons are encouraged to review the following departments on our website and to send their application packages by email as a single PDF file (with a maximum size of 5 MB) to the relevant contact person. If no position is currently open, your application will be kept on file for consideration when the next opening arises.

  • Department of Archaeogenetics (including the department administration, departmental research groups, laboratories, and the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center MHAAM). Contact person: Sylvia Arnold-El Fehri ().
  • Department of Archaeology (including department administration, departmental research groups, laboratories, and Independent Research Groups, such as FINDER). Contact person: Jana Zech ().
  • Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution (including department administration, departmental research groups, laboratories, and the Independent Research Groups CALC, eurasia3angle, and The Mint). Contact person: Kerstin Schueck-Tittmann ().
  • Scientific Coordination (including Grant Coordination, Graphic Design, Library and Press). Contact person: Beate Kerpen ().
  • IT (including the User Helpdesk and website programming and maintenance). Contact person: Dr. Thomas Baumann ().
  • Central Administration (including Accounting, Human Resources, and Purchasing). Contact person:  Christian Nagel ().

Your qualifications:

The specific qualifications required will vary depending on the position available. However, the following will always be appreciated:

  • Interest in questions regarding the human past and their anthropological solutions.
  • A strong academic record.
  • A proven affinity for the area applied for.
  • Good or excellent English skills.
  • A candidate who is enthusiastic, hard-working, and well-organized.

We offer:

  • The opportunity to be involved in a dynamic and highly international research institute that provides unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Opportunities to learn new skills in a variety of areas, including but not limited to: administration, IT, laboratory techniques and skills, archaeological methodologies, linguistics, journalistic writing and social media management.
  • Cutting-edge facilities, instruments, and computational support for laboratory positions.
  • A friendly, international and dedicated working environment.

The Max Planck Society and our Institute wish to contribute to the inclusive participation of individuals with disabilities and we especially encourage them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to provide equal opportunities to men and women, and so we especially appreciate applications from persons for positions in which their gender is currently underrepresented.

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