Research Coordinator and Public Relations Manager


The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, founded in 1897, has been an institute of the Max Planck Society since 2002. Its research focuses on the histories of art and architecture in a transcultural perspective. An important concern is the combination of innovative art historical research and a critical engagement with current global challenges (urbanism, ecology, cultural heritage in the Anthropocene, the future of museums, digital humanities). The Institute is particularly committed to supporting young promising international scholars.

At the earliest possible date, we are looking for a

Research Coordinator and Public Relations Manager

Full-time position for an initial period of 1 year with the possibility to become permanent



  • Press and public relations using all communication channels
  • Multilingual presentation and communication of the Institute’s research projects and results
  • Homepage, newsletter and blog: Writing and editing of texts, supervision of graphic design
  • Social networks: content creation, monitoring and further development
  • Organization and promotion of scientific and public events, internal communication with scholars
  • Coordination and editing of the triennial research reports
  • Representation of the Institute in various committees and at events
  • Creation of innovative formats of communication, further conceptual development of public relations and research coordination in a transdisciplinary and transcultural environment


  • Completed studies in art or architectural histories, visual studies or related fields (MA or PhD)
  • Working experience in an academic environment and in public relations would be of advantage
  • Very good language and writing skills in at least two of the languages practiced at the Institute: English, German, Italian
  • Competence in the management of websites
  • Experience in editing texts and images (print and web)
  • Structured, efficient working method and excellent organizational skills
  • Communicative, flexible and open personality
  • Proven capacity for teamwork and the ability to lead a team


You can expect a stimulating and versatile job, a creative environment in a highly esteemed, internationally connected research institute.

Given the requirements are met, we offer remuneration in accordance with the collective wage agreement for the German public sector (TVöD Bund) with corresponding allowances and benefits. In the event that TVöD is not applicable, adequate remuneration is paid in accordance with the remuneration scheme of the German Embassy in Rome, Italy.

We provide flexible working hours with adaptable arrangements.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. This is an important concern when filling the position. The Max Planck Society also is committed to employ more disabled people. Applications from disabled persons are expressly welcome.

Please submit your completed application (including letter of motivation, full CV and copy of relevant qualifications/certificates in 3 separate PDFs) by 31 July 2020. For further questions and/or technical assistance, please write to

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