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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty I - Insti­tute of His­tory and Philo­sophy of Sci­ence, Tech­no­logy, and Lit­er­at­ure / ERC- pro­ject HRP-IAEA

Research assist­ant - 0.66 work­ing time - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

Work­ing field:

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 explore IAEA's emer­ging role in reg­u­lat­ing civil­ian applic­a­tions of nuc­lear energy, and the ten­sions inher­ent in its activ­it­ies. Rel­ev­ant ques­tions involve the IAEA's reg­u­lat­ory prac­tices in com­pet­i­tion and/or in col­lab­or­a­tion with other insti­tu­tions (i.e. the World Health Organ­iz­a­tion, the Inter­na­tional Labor Office, and the Inter­na­tional Com­mis­sion on Radi­olo­gical Pro­tec­tion) and the dip­lo­matic prac­tices that allowed the IAEA to under­take a sig­ni­fic­ant role in radi­ation pro­tec­tion.

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant is expec­ted to:

  • com­plete a doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion in Eng­lish based on his/her pro­ject research and con­trib­ute to pub­lic­a­tions
  • per­form archival research related to this topic and pro­cess archival data
  • 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 to 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 pro­tec­tion
  • par­ti­cip­ate in inter­na­tional con­fer­ences and the pro­ject's events

Spe­cific ques­tions regard­ing the pro­ject may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Maria Ren­tetzi (maria.rentetzi@tu-berlin.de). For more info on the over­all scope of the pro­ject see
https://iaeahistory.weebly.com/

Require­ments:

  • suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Dip­lom, Mas­ter or equi­val­ent) in inter­na­tional his­tory, polit­ical sci­ences, his­tory of sci­ence and medi­cine, sci­ence and tech­no­logy stud­ies, or other asso­ci­ated fields and indic­ate a strong interest in the Pro­ject
  • prior exper­i­ence of work­ing in a team and of con­duct­ing archival research is essen­tial
  • 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

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber prefer­ably by e-mail to nina.krampitz@tu-berlin.de. Your applic­a­tion should include in a single pdf file car­ry­ing your last name 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 two ref­er­ence let­ters
Short­l­is­ted can­did­ates will be inter­viewed.

Please send your applic­a­tion to 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 returned.