One Position as Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc)

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law invites applications for a temporary position to start on 1 October 201 8 or later as a

Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc)

in the Max Planck Research Group “Shades of Illegality in In ternational Peace and Security Law” led by Dr. Christian Marxsen

The Research Group explores the role of contestation and deviation from norms in the field of the prohi- bition on the use of force in international law. One part of the project is dedicated t o empirically re- searching the different interpretive patterns that State representatives employ towards international law.

Job description

The senior research fellow will conduct postdoctoral research (individual publications and contribution to common research projects) in the research activities of the research group . The position would give room to pursue post – doctoral research that is broadly related to the topic of the r e search group. The research group seeks to employ a post – doctoral international relations scholar or social scientist who will contribute to the group’s expertise. The group would much welcome a scholar a) with experience in con- ducting interviews, coding and qualitatively assessing them, or/and b) with a solid theoretical background in international relations studies, in particular in matters of compliance and contestation.

Work environment

We offer outstanding conditions to undertake legal research and a very inspiring work climate in an in- ternational team.


Applicants are required to hold a university degree as well as a Ph.D., to possess a deep knowledge of public international law and/or international relations, to demonstrate great interest in academic research, and to be fully proficient in English (written and oral); further language skills are advantageous.


The position is limited to two years . An extension is possible. The salary (up to salary group EG 14) and corresponding social benefits are based on the German public se r vice compensation scheme ( Tarifver- trag für den öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD – Bund) ) . The position is full – time, part – time work schedules are possible.

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

How to apply

Please submit your application including cover letter; CV; one to two own manuscripts with no more than approx. 50 pages in total, such as one chapter of the PhD thesis or a scholarly paper; possibly also a letter of recommendation; a brief post – doctoral project proposal of 1 – 2 pages electronically as a single *.pdf – file to


For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Christian

Marxsen (

Deadline: 16 September 2018

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