06 October 2020

JOB: Postdoctoral Research Fellows – Multidisciplinary Theory of Law (MPI for European Legal History, Frankfurt) (DEADLINE: 1 December 2020)


The newly established department “Multidisciplinary Theory of Law” at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History  is looking to recruit up to four postdoctoral research fellows. Here the call:

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 three research departments with more than 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialised 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.

Under the direction of Prof Dr Marietta Auer, the newly established department “Multidisciplinary Theory of Law” is looking to recruit, starting from 1 December 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter) up to four (4)

Postdoctoral Research Fellows (m/f/d)

Your tasks

You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue an independent project within the framework of the newly established department for “Multidisciplinary Theory of Law”. The research fields Law in Modernity, Multidisciplinary Theory of Law and Private Law Theory, and Theory of Legal Science and the History of Legal Scholarship constitute the three foci of investigation. Projects related to the departmental research profile in the areas of private and commercial law as well as legal theory, legal philosophy and comparative law are also welcome. You will publish your findings and actively contribute to the research activities of the Institute.

Your profile

You hold a first class degree in law, the humanities or the social sciences, and you produced an outstanding doctoral thesis or an equivalent portfolio of publications in one of these disciplines. You are fully proficient (written and spoken) in both the German and English languages. For those with German legal training, a second state legal exam is preferred.
Your CV should demonstrate your potential to pursue research at the highest international level. You are able to adopt interdisciplinary approaches, work independently and efficiently, have excellent communication skills and the capacity to work in a team.

Our Offer

We offer an attractive and international research environment with unparalleled facilities and a good working atmosphere. Generous opportunities for personal and career development are provided. Support may be granted for research trips and conference travel in Germany and abroad. There is no obligation or expectation to teach, although teaching activities are encouraged.

Applicants may seek a part time or a full time position (39 hours per week), with mandatory presence in Frankfurt required. Remuneration and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVöD). Depending on your qualification and relevant experience, the annual salary before tax will be on a scale from EUR 51,100 (E 13 band 1) to EUR 74.300 (E13 band 6) for a full time position. The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further fixed-term period subject to satisfactory performance and the requirements of the 2007 Act on Academic Fixed-term Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

We are located on Campus Westend, one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe, right at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt am Main, the centre of finance, banking and the legal professions of Europe’s biggest economy. The Institute belongs to the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organisation. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its researchers, putting it on par with the most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The mission of the Max Planck Society is to conduct fundamental (ie, non-applied) research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities at the highest possible level. Its 86 Institutes are scattered across Germany and beyond, and they focus on research fields that are particularly innovative and require unusually extensive resources. The Institute is part of Max Planck Law, the network of eleven Max Planck Institutes that engage in advanced legal research. The first of these was established in Berlin in 1924. Today, we cover a broad range of legal studies, from the anthropology of law to tax law, at nine different locations across Germany and Luxembourg.

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.
The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
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 procedure
Your application should be written in either English or German and contain the following documents:

  1. Cover letter with a description of your research project;
  2. CV;
  3. List of publications and, if applicable, a list of courses taught and scholarly presentations;
  4. copies of school and university degree certificates as well as professional activities;
  5. one representative publication ca. 20 pages in length (journal article or book chapter)

Your application must be submitted online via the following link by the closing date of 1 November 2020 Strong applicants will be invited for an interview here at the Institute shortly after the close of the call for applications.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Dr Marietta Auer ( Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Rita Gommermann (


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