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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law - The Department of Public Law

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, Germany, is one of the leading centers for research in public and criminal law and public security matters in Europe. The research conducted in our three departments – Criminology, Public Law, and Criminal Law – is comparative, international, and interdisciplinary. With its world-renowned, specialized library, it offers an ideal environment for theoretical, doctrinal and empirical research. The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, one of the world’s most distinguished research organizations.

The Department of Public Law is a new addition to the Freiburg-based Institute. It aims to contribute to the international research community with research projects that focus on public security law, fundamental issues of public law, or legal theory. For an outline of the Department’s research agenda see

We are now offering up to three paid positions for outstanding doctoral students to join the Department of Public Law headed by Professor Dr. Ralf Poscher. Ideal candidates are interested in public security law, fundamental aspects of general public law, or legal theory and wish to write a doctoral thesis that engages with the premises of positive law or considers new problems and approaches to solutions. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome.

Applicants must speak either English or German as their native language (or possess equivalent exceptional language skills in either), have earned a J.D., LL.M., or M.A. (social sciences or humanities) at a renowned English-speaking university, and graduated in the top 5-10% of their class. If you have studied at a German university: please see our job offering in German language. All applicants must have a marked talent for academic work and academic writing, evidenced by graded term or final papers.

Doctoral Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg enjoy plenty of time to concentrate on their own research projects. Not only does the Max Planck Society offer the opportunity for trans- and interdisciplinary cooperation among its 86 institutes, it also supports its young researchers in such efforts and, more generally, supports them in the development of their academic careers. They become part of the Max Planck Law network which encourages cooperation between the law-oriented Max Planck Institutes by engaging in a wide range of exchanges and activities.

Freiburg is a vibrant traditional German university town with a 900-year history, an international atmosphere and many recreational opportunities. It is located in the border region of southwest Germany, France and Switzerland. Under the European Campus Program doctoral students can profit from this unique trinational location by enrolling in courses offered at the three highly ranked universities of Freiburg, Strasbourg and Basel.

As a Doctoral Researcher, your salary is paid according to the rates for German civil service employees at 60% of E13 Level 1 or Level 2 (TVöD Bund) based on your qualifications and previous experience. The salary includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for health care, unemployment and retirement. The initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of an extension for one year.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from disabled persons. It also aims to increase the percentage of female researchers in fields in which they are underrepresented and therefore also expressly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives to ensure diversity and encourages applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to the reconciliation of family and career and can offer flexible working arrangements.

To apply, submit your application to include a 1- to max. 3-page description of your research interest or a (non-binding) concrete research idea in English or German, relevant work experience, a CV or resume, transcripts, and if possible up to two academic recommendations. The entire application with all supplementary documents must be provided in one PDF file (max. 5 MB per E-Mail) to Please indicate the reference number PL-20-01 with your application. For more information please contact Nicole Hanna at The deadline for application is August 15, 2020.

Location: Freiburg im Breisgau - Germany
Salary: Salary is paid according to the rates for German civil service employees at 60% of E13 Level 1 or Level 2 (TVöD Bund)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd June 2020
Closes: 15th August 2020
Job Ref: PL-20-01
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