04 May 2015

POSITION: Six Doctoral Students at Max Planck Institute (Frankfurt, October 1 2015)

WHAT Six doctoral students, call for positions

WHEN from October 1 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter 

WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt

all information here
deadline June 12 2015

for the following research fields in the department of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:
(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
(2) Legal History of the European Union

Your tasks
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project in one of the two research fields. Your doctoral thesis will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal sys-tems of the member states.
You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer.
Your profile
You hold a first class degree in law, the humanities or the social sciences. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.
Our offer

We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). Depending on your qualification, the annual salary before tax will amount to EUR 28,470 (EG13 band 1, 65%). The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with severe disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such persons.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are un-derrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedure
You will be asked to submit the following documents:
1. Personal Statement:
- Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
- Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to pro-vide a reference for you
2. CV: 
- Detailed CV
- List of publications
3. Other Documents:
- Research proposal (up to five pages)
- Transcripts
- A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chap-ters etc)

Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to by the closing date of 12 June 2015. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview.
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Professor Stefan Vogenauer (

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Sabrina Penczynski (

Your application must be submitted online via the followed link by the closing date of 12 June 2015:

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