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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, the Institute 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 post-doctoral positions for Senior Researchers to join the Department of Public Law headed by Professor Dr. Ralf Poscher. Ideal candidates should be interested in exploring topics of public security law, general public law, or legal theory or philosophy. Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in law from a German university or from a renowned English-speaking university or law school.

Senior Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg are expected to advance their own research projects and to contribute to the research and academic activities of the department. They enjoy ample time to advance their own academic careers. To that end, not only does the Max Planck Society offer the opportunity for trans- and interdisciplinary cooperation among its 86 institutes, it also supports its researchers in such efforts. The Senior Researchers of the department 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 researchers can profit from this unique trinational location by tapping into the resources of the three highly ranked universities of Freiburg, Strasbourg and Basel.

As a Senior Researcher, your salary is calculated based on your qualifications and previous experience and according to the rates for German civil service employees. The salary includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for health care, unemployment and retirement. Positions are temporary, with a regular duration of 2 years which can be extended twice (up to a maximum of 6 years). Full or part-time contracts are possible.

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 thus committed to the reconciliation of family and career and can offer flexible working arrangements.

To apply, submit your application to include your dissertation, a description of your fields of interest and relevant work experience, CV, and transcripts in one PDF-file (max. 10 MB) to Please indicate the reference number PL-20-02 with your application. For more information please contact Nicole Hanna ( The deadline for application is August 15, 2020. 

Location: Freiburg im Breisgau - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd June 2020
Closes: 15th August 2020
Job Ref: PL-20-02
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