Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d) responsible for a Regional Desk

Scientist Hamburg

Job Code: PRIV02-2021

Job Offer from March 29, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading institutions for foundational comparative research in the fields of private law and private international law. By analysing the legal systems of the world and comparing them with one another, we identify and develop solutions for the law of tomorrow.

For the earliest possible starting date, the Institute is offering a position as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d) responsible for a Regional Desk.

Have you completed your legal studies and obtained your doctoral degree with above-average marks? Are you looking to further your qualifications as a postdoc at an international research institute and/or hope to acquire your post-doctoral teaching qualification

Welcome to the Hanseatic City of Hamburg – Your Gateway to Knowledge

The daily work at the Institute is characterized by internationality and academic curiosity. Here at our Institute, scholars from around the world come together to comparatively study national and international private law. We offer you the opportunity and freedom to pursue your own research project and enhance your professional qualifications. The Institute boasts an exceptional academic and organizational structure and presents a friendly and conducive work environment.

Your Profile

You are distinguished by a strong academic interest in the international dimensions of private law, in foreign legal systems and in comparative law. Based on your previous academic and professional career, you have a unique legal and linguistic knowledge as regards a certain country, such as France or Indonesia, or as regards a certain region, such as Scandinavia or the Caribbean. 

You are fluent in either German or English (written and spoken).

Your Tasks and Opportunities as a Research Fellow Responsible for a Regional Desk

You will be responsible for tracking private law developments in a particular country or region. Research fellows responsible for a regional desk contribute their country-specific expertise to comparative, Institute-based projects. You will also assist the library in acquiring relevant literature, cultivate academic exchange and look after the guests from your region of responsibility. In addition, you will assist in the preparation of legal opinions that serve to support German judges who must determine foreign law.

Your position will at the same time provide you with the opportunity to conduct your own independent research, potentially in connection with a publication which will serve as a professional qualification. Towards this end, you have at your disposal our library, featuring one of the world’s most extensive collections on comparative and international private law. You will regularly encounter exceptional scholars from throughout the world and have the opportunity for comparative academic exchange.  

Our Offer:

We are offering a full- or part-time position at a modern research institute. Employment is based on a fixed-term contract. The salary and benefits conform to the German civil service pay scale (TVöD Bund).

The Max Planck Society strives to ensure a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities irrespective of an applicant’s gender, nationality or disabilities. It is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and 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.

Applicants should submit all relevant documents no later than 30.04.2021

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Description of your research project (max. 2 pages),
  • List of previous publications and, as applicable, a list of all lectures or papers previously presented
  • Transcripts and references for all secondary and university education and for all past employment or activities
  • A representative publication, approximately 20 pages in length (journal article or book chapter)

Your application must be made through our online portal.

We look forward to meeting you.

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
Mittelweg 187
20148 Hamburg

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