Post-Doctoral Researchers in EU Law/Governance (m/f)

Hertie School of Governance

For the LEVIATHAN project, the Hertie School of Governance is looking to hire three post-doctoral researchers (70%)

Post-Doctoral Researchers in EU Law/Governance (m/f) 

The contract duration is 12 months with the possibility of extension to a maximum contract duration of 42 months. Remuneration will be in line with the relevant collective labour agreement regarding wages (§ 14 TV-L Berlin). The envisaged start date is August 1 2017. 

The 3 Post-Doctoral Researchers will work as part of the LEVIATHAN project: a large 4-year research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant). Prof. Mark Dawson ( is the Principle Investigator for this project, which will be based at the Hertie School of Governance in the centre of Berlin. 

LEVIATHAN’s aim is to explore the nature of accountability in ‘post-crisis’ EU economic governance. While the Euro Crisis has had a transformative effect on the functional ambitions of the EU, it has also transformed the ways in which citizens can hold the EU institutions accountable. In the area of economic governance in particular, the post-crisis EU has created a significant new body of fiscal rules, managed largely by executive institutions. The nature of these rules, and the institutions entrusted to manage them, challenges our existing scientific understanding of accountability, creating considerable confusion among citizens as how economic decision-making in an EU context can be properly scrutinized. 

LEVIATHAN is devoted to addressing EU economic governance's 'post-crisis' accountability challenge. It is designed to provide the first comprehensive and multi-disciplinary attempt to consider how EU decisions in the economic field can be challenged, either by political institutions or by individuals seeking judicial review. In doing so, it will combine legal analysis of decisions of national and EU Courts in economic governance with qualitative research on the political and functional constraints within which institutions reviewing economic decisions operate. The project will deploy case studies in important fields of economic policy - from banking regulation to budgetary coordination - to map emerging accountability relationships, building recommendations on how to approach accountability in the EU in the future.

Your tasks:

  • To engage in independent scientific research that will result in high-quality publications. It is envisaged that each post-doctoral researcher will produce a research monograph and associated working papers relating to LEVIATHAN’s research objectives by the project’s end. To regularly present research results at international workshops and conferences, stakeholder workshops, and publish them in proceedings and high-level journals;
  • To participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops, speaker series’, joint publications and web activities;
  • To actively contribute to the academic life of the Hertie School, and its European and Global Governance Research Cluster (, e.g. in research meetings and seminars;

Your profile:

  • A PhD in law (i.e. international, comparative or EU law) or the social sciences (i.e. political science, political economy, or international relations)
  • A demonstrated interest in engaging in independent research on EU governance, particularly on questions relating to accountability and/or economic governance
  • Ability to work on large research projects and produce related scientific publications
  • Ability to work as part of a inter-disciplinary research team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to provide some organizational and administrative support, in collaboration with other team members, to the research activities of the LEVIATHAN project

About us:
The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-oriented approach to the School's teaching and research agenda. The Hertie School is an international centre, with a variety of first-rate academic projects and a diverse student body. The School actively engages in public debate with its wide range of events bringing together experts from theory and practice. The School was founded in 2003 as a project of the Hertie Foundation, which remains the major partner.

We offer a stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a small and vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer. If in the interests of the Hertie School and the candidate, teaching in the School’s graduate programmes may be possible.

To apply:
Please send your complete application including a CV, a cover letter and a writing sample (i.e. a chapter of the PhD thesis or other scholarly paper). Further documentation, including references, may be required for short-listed candidates. Those who do not have a completed PhD at the time of application should include a statement from the doctoral supervisor confirming the expected date for completion of the doctoral thesis. Please indicate in your cover letter how your existing research and future plans relate to the main goals of the LEVIATHAN project. The materials should be e-mailed as one pdf file using the headline “LEVIATHAN” to The deadline for full consideration is 20 January 2017. Strict confidentiality is assured.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Prof. Mark Dawson at It is anticipated that interviews for the positions will take place in March 2017.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.