Job Offer from October 09, 2020

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main is a world leader in fundamental research on law. 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.

For the newly established department “Multidisciplinary Theory of Law” directed by Professor Dr. Marietta Auer we are looking to recruit, starting as soon as possible, a number of PhD students (m/f/d).

Applicants should be interested in fundamental questions of private law, the philosophy of law, legal theory, the sociology of law, law and economics, or comparative law.Dissertation projects should ideally combine a number of these perspectives. Applicants should have passed the first German state examination in law with excellent success or hold an equivalent German or foreign university degree. We expect applicants to have a strong interest in conducting independent research on fundamental topics in jurisprudence.

The PhD positions (39 hours per week) are paid the equivalent of 65% of the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVöD Bund), level E13, and are primarily intended to enable the preparation of a doctoral thesis.

The positions are fixed-term appointments for three years; in exceptional cases, a position can be extended for one additional year.

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

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit your complete application (including a description of your research interests and previous experience, your CV and copies of your school leaver’s certificate and degree certificate) no later than 1 December 2020.

We only accept applications that are submitted in the form of a single PDF-file via the following link: Strong applicants will be invited for an interview at the Institute shortly after the close of the call for applications.


Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Dr. Marietta Auer ( For questions as to the terms and conditions of employment please contact Ms. Anna Heym (

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