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One position as a pre-doctoral researcher involved in the ‘United Nations Tort Law Project’ (30h/week)

The ‘United Nations Tort Law Project’ is looking for a grant-funded researcher at the pre-doctoral level for a 3-year period (starting 1 January 2021). The project, financed through the Austrian Science Fund, seeks to identify and contextualize the rules the UN applies when dealing with third-party tort claims. The pre-doctoral researcher will be affiliated with the Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law & International Law, at the University of Salzburg (Austria).

  • Planned start of employment: 1 January 2021
  • Duration of employment: 3 years
  • Employment in hours per week: 30
  • Working hours: as agreed
  • Responsibilities: providing scientific support to the “United Nations Tort Law Project”. The project concerns the UN’s internal handling of third-party tort claims, which are processed outside of domestic court systems and shielded from the public eye. It is the subject of the project to identify and contextualize the rules the UN applies when dealing with torts and remedies for affected third parties.
  • Conditions of employment: Requires a degree in law with above-average results; excellent verbal comunication and writing skills in English; able to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Salzburg.
  • Desired additional qualifications: ability and motivation to conduct independent scientific research; in-depth knowledge of the law of international organizations; additional foreign language skills (especially German and/or French); competent computer skills; previous experience and participation in scientific research.
  • Desired personal characteristics: independent, reliable, good team member, ability to interpret legal issues from multiple angles.

For further information contact: +43/662/8044-3650 or

Written application deadline is 30 October 2020; please send applications to

Organisation: University of Salzburg, Department of Public Law, International and European Law, Prof. Dr. Kirsten Schmalenbach
Deadline: 30/10/2020
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