08 January 2017

NOTICE: up to two Doctoral Students (Max Planck Institut, Frankfurt, July 2017)

WHAT up to two Doctoral Students, Call for doctoral position

WHEN from 1 July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter

deadline January 15 2017
all information here

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt is a world leader in researching the history of law in Europe and beyond. Its two research departments with more than 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialized library and its numerous national and international co-operations make it the central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

The Institute belongs to the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its researchers, putting it on a par with the most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The mission of the Max Planck Society is to conduct fundamental (i.e., non-applied) research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities at the highest possible level. Its 83 Institutes are scattered across Germany and beyond, and they focus on research fields that are particularly innovative and require unusually extensive resources.

We are now looking to recruit

up to two Doctoral Students
from 1 July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter

for the following research fields in the Department I of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:

(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
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 systems 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 or high upper second class degree, preferably in law, alternatively in a different branch of the humanities or 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). The annual salary before tax will amount to EUR 29,950 (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.

We are located on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe, right at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt, the centre of finance, banking and the legal professions of Europe’s biggest economy.

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

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedureYour application should be written in either English or German and contain the following documents:
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 provide a reference for you
Detailed CV
List of publications
Other Documents:
Research proposal (up to five pages)
A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chapter 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 15 January 2017. 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 Anna Heym (

Your application must be submitted online via the followed link by the closing date of 15 January 2017:

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