The ICI Berlin is an independent research centre located in Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg. For our core project Reduction, we are looking for a responsible, reliable, and committed Research Coordinator (part-time).

The Project

One of the most devastating charges levelled against theories, analyses, and descriptions is that of being reductive or of amounting to a full-blown reductionism. Conceptual frameworks are scolded for being impoverished and descriptions for being too sparse or flat. And conversely, to call something ‘irreducible’ seems to confer an immediate and indisputable dignity to it. And yet the history of science and knowledge cannot be told without acknowledging the importance of reductionist programmes; reductive paradigms have periodically revitalized the arts. What lies at the root of such different attitudes towards ‘reduction’? Can one embrace forms of reduction that are not in the service of production, allowing for the possibility of a ‘less’ that would no longer have to amount to ‘more’?

The ICI Berlin’s core project explores the critical potentials of notions and practices of ‘reduction’, within and across different fields and approaches, from the sciences, technology, and the arts to feminist, queer, and decolonial approaches, inquiring in particular into the transversality of different economies of reduction and production, and into possibilities of escaping them. For a more detailed description, please see the project and its current focus Models.


  • assist the director in coordinating the project Reduction
  • prepare and document weekly colloquia and other meetings
  • plan project-related events and publications, and see them through
  • participate in the formulation of the next research focus and the evaluation of fellowship applications


  • fluency in English
  • research interests related to the ICI’s general profile and core project reduction
  • PhD or equivalent degree concluded
  • work experience and familiarity with interdisciplinary research environments

The ICI Berlin offers an intellectually stimulating, challenging, and diversified work-environment and a remuneration corresponding to TV-L 13 (50%) for four years, starting in November or December 2022. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Your application should include a cover letter, a CV, and a research statement (max 750 words) indicating how your research interests relate to those of the ICI’s current core project reduction. It should also indicate the names and e-mail addresses of two referees who are familiar with your work and who may be contacted directly by the ICI during the assessment process. Please send your application by e-mail only to

Deadline: 14 October 2022

The ICI Berlin is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, and particularly welcomes individuals who will contribute to equity and diversity in scholarly research, including, but not limited to: women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.

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Posted on 21 September 2022