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Applicants must hold an MA degree that was completed within the last five years and must be pursuing a PhD project at a university. We invite applications from art historians, as well as those working in all related disciplines. Consideration will be given to thesis projects focused on all periods and cultures.

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is an internationally oriented and broadly connected Max-Planck-Institute, dedicated to the history of art and architecture, with a focus on the arts and visual culture of Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean in a global perspective. The PhD project should relate to the research agenda of the department of Gerhard Wolf (, which centres on critically examining the methodological implications and consequences of the global perspectives of the discipline. Research within the Department is concerned with the new horizons of art history (and its related fields), transcultural interactions over long and short distances, and the interfaces between cultural heritage and environment, between ecology and aesthetics.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women as well as disabled individuals. The application is open to PhD candidates of all nationalities.

Salary and benefits will be determined according to a German or Italian contract, which is subject to German or Italian tax and social security law.

The application should include:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter
  • a description (maximum 3 pages) of the PhD project
  • a short summary (maximum 500 words) of the MA thesis
  • a list of publications, if possible
  • a letter of reference


Applications and all required documentation should be sent in digital form (in a single PDF) by 30 April 2019 to:


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