16 January 2019

JOB: Two PhD Positions or the Junior Research Group: “Law and the Creation of Dependency in the Ibero-Atlantic” (Frankfurt, MPIeR, DEADLINE 20 JAN 2019)

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On the institute:
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 specialised library and its numerous national and international partnerships 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 organisation. 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 84 Institutes and facilities are spread 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 as soon as possible (but no later than 1 May 2019)
 under the direction of Dr Mariana Armond Dias Paes
within the framework of the
Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom"
The Research GroupYou can find a description of the Junior Research Group Law and the Creation of Dependency in the Ibero-Atlantic here (please open in a new tab).

Your tasks
You will develop, coordinate and conduct a doctoral project in the frame of the Research Group’s scientific interests. The Research Group is part of the Cluster of Excellence “Beyond Slavery and Freedom” and integrates the activities of MPIeR Department II, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve.
Your doctoral thesis will preferably focus on regions not traditionally analyzed by legal historians. It is also highly expected that it will encompass an Atlantic perspective.
You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Research Group, of the Institute, and of the Cluster of Excellence under the guidance of Dr Dias Paes.

Your profile
You hold a first-class or high-upper, second-class degree preferably in History or Law. Applicants should hold a master’s degree at the time the PhD contract is signed.
You can be already enrolled in a PhD program in any university worldwide. If that is not the case, we can discuss an enrollment in Germany or in another university in case your application for the PhD contract is approved.
You are fully proficient in Portuguese or Spanish. Since it is necessary for the everyday interactions and operations at the Institute, we expect you to be willing to learn German or English.
In selecting the candidates, interest and competence in archival research will be regarded as especially important.

Our offer
We offer an attractive and international work environment with unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. The candidate will have the opportunity to take part in an interdisciplinary international research group, benefit from continuous scientific exchange, a comprehensive library and the possibility of research stays in Germany and abroad. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVöD, EG 13 level 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 extension in exceptional circumstances.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number disabled persons 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 procedure
Your application can be written in Portuguese or in Spanish and should contain the following documents:
1. Research Proposal (up to three pages)
2. CV
Strong candidates will be invited for an interview.
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Dr. Mariana Armond Dias Paes (
Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms. Anna Heym (
Your application must be submitted online via the link on our homepage ( or via email ( by the closing date of 20 January 2019. 
(source: MPIeR newsletter)

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