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 Academic Opportunities

There are many opportunities to engage in doctoral or postdoctoral research in one of the ten Institutes of Max Planck Law.

Early career researchers benefit from close supervision and mentoring by world leaders in their respective fields. Our Institutes offer unrivalled conditions, including access to rare specialist libraries and databases,  work spaces, administrative, and academic and pastoral support. Importantly, researchers receive generous funding contracts in line with public sector salaries.

Additionally, there are many opportunities for our researchers to participate in conferences, seminars, and workshops as well as to instigate projects and initiatives across the Max Planck Law network.

Take a look at the current vacancies for researchers below. A vacancy shows an Institute’s specific requirement, often for a specific project, to be applied for by a specific deadline. If none of the vacancies appeal to you,  you can also make a general application at any time in any area that interests you. To do this, select the subject area that interests you in the accordion below and click through to the relevant Institute. There you can find out more about the Institute and methods for application.

Deadline:

22 November 2021

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Postdoc

Postdoc in Psychology with a focus on judgement and decision-making.

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Deadline:

29 November 2021

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Senior Researcher Fellow

Postdocs invited to apply to strenghthen the legal team and focus on the topics within the Institute’s research areas.

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Deadline:

30 November 2021

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

Postdoc / Senior Researcher

In the Public Law Department headed by  Professor Dr. Ralf Poscher.

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Deadline:

30 November 2021

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

Postdoc

In the Department of Criminology

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Deadline:

Unknown

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Doctoral Candidate in European Union Financial Markets law

contributing to the five-year research project “Harmonization of administrative sanctions and procedures in European Union financial markets law: developing an European model”.

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Deadline:

Until position filled

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc)

Research in international and European law and governance, with a particular emphasis on EU security matters.   → See More

Deadline:

Open ended

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

PhD Opportunities in the Department of Business and Tax Law

PhD opportunities in tax law, accounting law, corporate law in European and international contexts, private law with connections to business.  → See More

Deadline:

Open ended

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Doctoral Training

Application welcome any time in, inter alia,  EU constitutional law, international public authority,  public law in the European legal space, the individual in public international law, the constitutionalization of public international law, global animal law, etc.  → See More

Deadline:

Open ended

Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Doctoral Students

Unsolicited applications to pursue doctoral research within the areas of the Institute are welcome anytime  → See More

Choose a Subject Area

Apart from the current vacancies above, you can also make a general application to engage in either a PhD or temporary research visit  at any time and in any area that interests you. To do this, select the subject area that interests you in the accordion below and click through to the relevant Institute. There you can find out more about the Institute and methods for application.

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COMPARATIVE LAW
CRIMINAL LAW
  • Criminal Law and Contemproary Social Developments
  • Foundational Issues in Criminal Law
  • Sexual Offences
  • Transnational and Comparative Criminal Law Theory
  • Transnational Criminal Law Theory
CRIMINOLOGY
  • Theoretical Innovation in Criminology
  • Methodological Innovation and Technology in Criminology
  • Putting Crime into Practice
EUROPEAN LAW
HUMAN RIGHTS
  • Human Rights, Anthropological Approaches
  • Human rights and Protection of Minorities
  • Public Security Law and Fundamenal Rights
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & COMPETITION LAW
INTERNATIONAL LAW
LAW AND ANTHROPOLOGY
  • Comparative Normative Orders
  • Human Rights, Anthropological Approaches
  • Social Anthropology and Law
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LAW AND ECONOMICS
LEGAL HISTORY
  • Civil Law History
  • Comparative History of Legal Method
  • History of European Union Law
  • History of International Law
  • Legal History in the Early Modern and Modern Period
  • Legal Transfers in the Common Law World
  • Normative Production in the Early-Modern Iberian World
  • Religious Normativities: Canon Law and Moral Theology
LEGAL THEORY & PHILOSOPHY
  • Analytical Legal Theory
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Law in Modernity
  • Multidisciplinary Theory of Law and Private Law Theory
  • Theory of Legal Science and the History of Legal Scholarship
  • Philosophical Foundations of Private International law
  • Public International law and Legal Theory
  • Transnational Criminal Law Theory
PRIVATE LAW
  • Civil Law Disputes and Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Law History
  • Commercial, Company, and Capital Market Law
  • Comparative Private Law
  • European Private Law
  • European Private Law and Harmonization of Private Law
  • European and Comparative Civil Procedure Law
  • Gender and Private International Law
  • International Private and Procedural Law
  • Tax Law in the context of Private Law
PROCEDURAL LAW
PUBLIC LAW
SOCIAL LAW
TAX LAW