[Humanist] 25.556 jobs: postdoc in Berlin; position at MIT

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  [1]   From:    Jochen Schneider <jsr at MPIWG-BERLIN.MPG.DE>                (28)
        Subject: MPIWG Postdoctoral Fellowships

  [2]   From:    Jeffrey Ravel <ravel at MIT.EDU>                             (44)
        Subject: HyperStudio's Developer Position

        Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:32:29 +0100
        From: Jochen Schneider <jsr at MPIWG-BERLIN.MPG.DE>
        Subject: MPIWG Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Independent Research Group on Modern Geometry and the Concept of Space
Director: Vincenzo De Risi


Two Post-doctoral Fellowships for one year

in the academic year 2012-2013 (with the possibility to begin as soon as Summer 2012).

The Research Group is also accepting proposals for non-funded visiting positions. See the details on the web page of the group.

Research projects should concern the history of geometry, the history of mathematical epistemology or the history of the concept of space from the Ancient to the Early Modern Age. Possible topics include:

	• The history of elementary geometry and Euclid’s Elements in Antiquity and the Renaissance.
	• The philosophy of mathematics from Antiquity to the 18th century.
	• The conception of space from Descartes to Kant.
	• The beginnings of projective geometry.
	• Optics and the theory of vision.

A fuller description of the topics and aims of the Research Group can be found here:


The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Applications may however be submitted in German, English, French, or Italian.

Candidates should hold a doctorate at the time the position begins, and show evidence of scholarly promise in the form of publications or other achievements. The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching and minimal administrative duties. Fellows are expected to take part to the cultural and scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the Group researches.

Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 1.900 € and 2.300 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany). Please address specific questions to Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration (paass at mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

Candidates are requested to submit a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research proposal on a topic related to the project, a sample writing representative of the candidate’s work (such as a chapter of the doctoral dissertation or a scientific article), and names and addresses (preferably including email) of two referees who have already been contacted by the applicant to assure their willingness to submit letters of presentation if requested, to

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Kennziffer: NWG De Risi
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin

or by email to:
verwaltungsleitung at mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

by February 15th, 2012.

For questions concerning the research project, please contact Dr. Vincenzo De Risi (vderisi at mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Mr. Jochen Schneider (jsr at mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de), Research Coordinator. Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

        Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:40:42 -0500
        From: Jeffrey Ravel <ravel at MIT.EDU>
        Subject: HyperStudio's Developer Position

Web Applications Developer (part-time - 60%)

MIT‘s HyperStudio team is seeking an energetic and highly motivated
software engineer to build the front and back end of scalable web
applications. The person will be part of the core team responsible for the
design and development of online tools for information visualization and
user collaboration in the humanities and social sciences.

The engineer will provide system design, prototyping, implementation,
functional verification, debugging, and deployment on Mac OS X and UNIX
server platforms, and occasional system administration support. The person
will be working closely with a team that includes developers, designers,
graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty.


• BS in EE, CS, or CE• Minimum of 3 years of development experience
• Expertise developing database-driven web applications and data modeling
• Understanding of software engineering best practices, object oriented design, and
test-driven development
• Strong programming skills in Ruby on Rails
• Advanced knowledge of Javascript, CSS, and HTML 5
• Track record of delivering high quality products and commitment to delivering
great user experience
In addition, candidates with the following are preferred:
• Solid knowledge of SQL (PostgreSQL)
• Familiarity with basic system administration of Mac OS X, in particular managing
Apache, MySQL and PostgreSQL installations
• Some familiarity with PHP and Java is desirable
• Experience in building web application user interfaces (include in your résumé
links to your previous work, if applicable)
• Interest in and enthusiasm for the humanities and social sciences

Please apply for this position through MIT’s HR site:

Jeffrey S. Ravel
Professor of History
History Faculty, E51-285
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

tel:  617.253.4451
fax: 617.253.9406
portable en France:
ravel at mit.edu

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