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Project Coordinator with a background in archaeology

Founded in 2014, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena is a young and highly dynamic research institution that assembles scientists from all over the world to work across a wide range of disciplines bridging the natural sciences and the humanities, such as genetics, linguistics, archaeology, anthropology, and history. The Department of Archaeogenetics utilizes the recent advances in molecular approaches on biomolecules, such as stable isotope research and genome wide DNA sequencing, to uncover an entirely new spectrum of information that can be retrieved from sample repositories such as anthropological and archaeological collections. For the coordination of our growing number of third-party funded projects as well as for general tasks in scientific project management we are seeking a

Project Coordinator with a background in archaeology

to start as soon as possible.

Your tasks

  • Consultation and strategic planning of project actions
  • Follow-up on project-related publications and outreach measures
  • Scientific and financial reporting in German and English
  • Communication with funding bodies and project members
  • Facilitating communication with administrative, financial, and scientific sections of the Institute about all project-related actions and outcomes
  • Administrative support of the Institute’s third-party funded projects (ERC, BMBF, DFG etc.)
  • Preparation of audits and financial statements
  • Preparation of cost calculations and budget plans for grant applications
  • Supervision of cost incurrences and spending structures of running projects in accordance with the guidelines
  • Support of the director of the Archaeogenetics Department in his scientific communication with archaeologists, including correspondence with cooperation partners and management of archaeological samples    

Your qualifications

  • A degree in archaeology, anthropology, genetics or another field related to the institute’s research profile
  • Solid experience in managing big third-party projects
  • Strong command of written and spoken English and German
  • Knowledge of administrative regulations
  • Strong affinity to the research topics represented by the Institute
  • Experience in international scientific environments, ideally as a project coordinator
  • Absolute reliability, a strong sense of responsibility, and discretion
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team
  • Openness, flexibility, and an interest in learning new tasks and skills.

Our offer
We offer a full-time position to start as soon as possible and to last until 30th June 2021. Payment is according to TVöD up to pay group E12 depending on qualifications and  including usual employee benefits of public service.

Your application
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit your application via email by no later than 5th March 2017 to Candidates are requested to submit their application in English in a single pdf file including cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, and other relevant documents.

Information regarding the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History can be found at

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