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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:

5 June 2022

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

PhD Position

Within the Minerva Research Group The Ethics of Exchange which focuses on how the law’s boundaries are shaped in decision-making processes in organ donation and transplantation.

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Deadline:

10 June 2022

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Research Fellow (Postdoc) for the DFG Research Project

“The Transformation of Human Rights Due Diligence. Norm Contestation in the Business and Human Rights Regime” headed by PD Dr. Janne Mende

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Deadline:

19 June 2022

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Senior Research Fellow/Postdoc — Focus on Nutrition

In the department of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reto M. Hilty.

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Deadline:

19 June 2022

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Senior Research Fellow/Postdoc — Focus on Health

In the department of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reto M. Hilty.

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Deadline:

19 June 2022

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Senior Research Fellow/Postdoc — Focus on Climate Change

In the department of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reto M. Hilty.

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Deadline:

30 June 2022

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Doctoral Students in the Field of Law & Diversity

Working on the project “Cultural and Religious Diversity under State Law across Europe” (CUREDI)

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Deadline:

30 June 2022

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

Postdocs

Several openings available in the Department of Criminal Law under the Director Prof. Dr Tatjana Hörnle.

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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.

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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
  • International Criminal Adjudication
  • 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
EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES
HUMAN RIGHTS
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & COMPETITION LAW
INTERNATIONAL LAW
LAW AND ANTHROPOLOGY
  • Comparative Normative Orders
  • Human Rights, Anthropological Approaches
  • Social Anthropology and Law
  • Sociology of Law
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LAW AND ECONOMICS
LEGAL HISTORY
LEGAL THEORY & PHILOSOPHY
PRIVATE LAW
PROCEDURAL LAW
PUBLIC LAW
SOCIAL LAW
TAX LAW