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Message posted on 11/03/2020

we are hiring: ERC funded PhD position at TU Berlin

Dear colleagues

please circulate the following ad. We are looking for excellent and
inspiring applications.

Deadline: 30.3.2020

The Insti­tute of His­tory and Philo­sophy of Sci­ence, Tech­no­logy,
Lit­er­at­ure at Technical University Berlin is hiring a PhD student for
ERC funded project on nuclear history. The successful applicant is expected
to explore the kind of regulatory presence international organizations came
to embody in the nuclear field and the diplomatic practices that allowed
organizations such as the IAEA or WHO to undertake a significant role in
radiation protection.

The ad for the position is available here:

For a full description see also below

For more information on the project contact Prof. Maria Rentetzi or

The ERC research program HRP-IAEA: Living with Radiation led by Prof.
Maria Rentetzi and hosted by the Technical University in Berlin is
presently looking for a research assistant with excellent qualifications.

Research theme:

The HRP-IAEA ERC project ( addresses the
central role of international organizations on nuclear regulation and
radiation protection. It focuses especially on the International Atomic
Energy Agency and explores its emerging role in regulating civilian
applications of nuclear energy, and the tensions inherent in its
activities. The project's main hypothesis is that scientific knowledge
about radiation protection has been shaped by social, economic, political
and, most of all, diplomatic concerns. This project blurs boundaries
between history of science and diplomatic history and advocates a diplomatic
in the history of science while diplomacy becomes central in
analyzing post-war science.

The successful applicant is expected to specifically explore the kind of
regulatory presence international organizations came to embody in the
nuclear field and the diplomatic practices that allowed organizations such
as the IAEA or WHO to undertake a significant role in radiation protection.

Link to the full call here

More info on the project here:

Description of the project:
The HRP-IAEA addresses the following key question: how the International
Atomic Energy Agency, a diplomatic and political international
organization, came to dominate scientific institutions with a long
tradition in radiation protection. In order to address this question the
ERC research team is undertaking a series of case studies focusing on the
IAEA's early technical assistance programs and its relations to other
regulatory institutions. Our focus is on the kind of nuclear diplomacy the
IAEA developed throughout the early years of its establishment.

The successful applicant is expected to:

· complete a doctoral dissertation in English based on his/her project

· contribute to publications

· perform archival research related to this topic and process archival

· conduct interviews with key actors for his/her project

· contribute to administrative issues related to his/her own research
(reporting, etc.)

· contribute to the dissemination activities of the project by posting
on social media, the project's website etc.

· contribute to the cross-cutting research agenda of the project as a
whole and to the HRP-IAEA's exhibition(s) on the history of radiation

· participate in international conferences and the project's events

Specific questions regarding the project may be addressed to Prof. Dr.
Maria Rentetzi (

For more info on the overall scope of the project see


· successfully completed university degree (Diplom, Master or
equivalent) in history of science, history of medicine, international
history, political sciences, science and technology studies, or other
associated fields

· indication of a strong interest in the Project

· experience in archival research

· computer skills are desirable

· excellent command of written and spoken English

· the successful applicant is required to reside in Berlin for the
duration of the project

Please send your application with the reference number (I-976/19) preferably
by e-mail to

Your application should include in a single pdf file carrying your last
the following:

· a brief cover letter explaining your research interests and your
motivation to apply

· a full curriculum vitae,

· a research proposal (1500 words) that directly addresses this call.

· a writing sample

· and the names of two referees

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

In case you prefer to send a written application please use the following
address: Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident - Fakultät I,
Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-,Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte,
Prof. Dr. Maria Rentetzi, ERC- Projekt HRP-IAEA, Sekr. H 23,Straße des 17.
Juni 135, 10623 Berlin.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women
with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified
individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the
diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal
opportunities. Please send copies only. Original documents will not be

Professor Dr. Maria Rentetzi,
ERC Consolidator Grantee

Technical University Berlin

Faculty I - Humanities
Institute of Philosophy, Literary Studies, History of Science and Technology

Straße des 17. Juni 135
D - 10623 Berlin

skype name: maria.rentetzi

President of the Gender Commission of DHST (2017-2021)
International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science
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