One position as Early Stage Researcher (100%)

The University of Passau invites applications for a full-time position as Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to start 1 September 2017 (or the earliest possible date thereafter). The contract will have a duration of three years. The gross salary will be approximately 3,060 euros per month, and provide for health and unemployment insurance (employees’ social security contributions and taxes are deducted from the gross salary).

The position is part of an interdisciplinary EU-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) on transatlantic trade and investment. The ESR will work within the University of Passau’s Law Faculty and enrol for a 3-year doctoral programme under the supervision of Professor Christoph Herrmann. The research project has the provisional title ‘Tackling Technical Barriers to Trade in TTIP – An Example of Open, Competing or Conflicting Regionalism?’ (details to be agreed between ESR and supervisor).
The objective of the ITN is to foster interdisciplinary research in transatlantic trade and investment. The network will have 15 ESRs at 11 different partners across Europe. The ESR will benefit from a wide-ranging training programme consisting of Advanced Training Courses and topical conferences organised by ITN partners across Europe. The ESR will contribute to ambitious and carefully planned research, outreach, impact and dissemination activities benefiting from the expertise of world-leading senior academics. Planned secondments (to be confirmed) include law firms, industry associations and research institutions.
We are seeking highly motivated and mobile candidates with a strong academic record holding at least a Master’s degree in Law, fluency in English and other linguistic skills (some German proficiency would be an asset) and some subject knowledge of World Trade Law or EU External Trade Law.
Applicants of any nationality are welcome; the ESR will receive support on the condition that at times he or she moves from one country to another to broaden or deepen his or her competences. The successful candidate will, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his or her research career and will have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Candidates with pending Master’s degrees will be considered. When recruited the ESR shall not have resided or carried out his or her main activity (work, studies etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
The University of Passau is an equal opportunities employer, committed to promoting equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity. We welcome applications from currently under-represented groups.
Your application should include: 
– a cover letter explaining your motivation for the position and further career plans
– a copy of your university degree certificate and transcript of records (and certified English translations if the documents are not in English or German)
– a curriculum vitae with specific information about your academic career to date
– name and contact details of a person willing and capable to provide a reference upon request
The University of Passau wishes to increase the proportion of its female staff and, by maintaining a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours, seeks to improve the family life and career balance. The University expressly encourages women as well as candidates with children to apply. Moreover, these posts are suitable for candidates with disabilities, who will be given preference if the personal aptitudes and qualifications are equal.
Please send your application by 25 June 2017 (end of business GMT+1) to:
Professor Christoph Herrmann
University of Passau
Chair for European and International Economic Law
Innstr. 39
94032 Passau
We also accept applications by e-mail to Ms Liane Dobler (dobler at 
(please send your full application as a single PDF document).
For general questions and enquiries please contact: christoph.herrmann at 
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