One Position as Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc)

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
invites applications for a position to start on 1st October 2017 or later as a
Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc)
with Professor Anne Peters

Job description

The senior research fellow will conduct postdoctoral research (individual publications and contribution to common research projects) in the field of public international law, with particular emphasis on the history of international law, global animal law, global governance and global constitutionalism, and/or the status of humans in international law. Teaching at the law faculty of the University of Heidelberg (mainly in German) can be arranged in consultation with the faculty. The position is open to candidates interested in acquiring a postdoctoral academic qualification in the form of a postdoctoral thesis (or a German Habilitation) or other publications. Further details are subject to agreement.

Work environment

We offer outstanding conditions to undertake legal research and a very inspiring work climate in an international team. English and German are both used as working languages at the Institute and either may be used for publications.


Applicants are required to have completed or be in the process of completing an advanced degree in law (PhD or Dr. iur.) or an equivalent academic qualification, and to be fully proficient in English (written and oral); further language skills are an asset, especially German and French.


Depending on the research proposal, contracts normally have a duration of up to four years. A further extension is possible and negotiable. The salary and social benefits depend on qualifications and experience and are determined in accordance with the German public service compensation scheme (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD-Bund)).

The Max Planck Society seeks to promote gender equality and aims to employ more differently abled persons. To this end, applications from diverse individuals, including women and persons with disabilities are explicitly welcomed.

How to apply

Please submit your application electronically using pdf-files: cover letter; CV; copies of academic records; a letter of recommendation, and one or two individual legal manuscripts, such as one chapter of the PhD thesis or a scholarly paper (no more than approx. 50 pages in total). Please send the documents to (Attn: Anette Kreutzfeld, Personal Assistant to Prof. Dr. Anne Peters). Deadline: 15 July 2017.

The call for applications can be accessed as a PDF document here.

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