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Postdoc or Senior Researcher (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law - Criminal Law

Location: Freiburg im Breisgau - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2020
Closes: 31st January 2021
Job Ref: S-20-02

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, Germany, is one of the leading centers for research in criminal law and public security matters in Europe. The research conducted in our three departments – Criminal Law, Criminology, and Public 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. 

Postdoc or Senior Researcher (m/f/d) 

The research 

Postdocs and 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, publications and academic activities of the department. They enjoy ample time to publish their own work and to advance their own academic careers. 

Your Profile 

We are now offering a position for a Postdoc or Senior Researcher in the Department of Criminal Law headed by Professor Dr. Tatjana Hörnle. Candidates should be interested in exploring scientific legal scholarship in criminal law theory, philosophy of criminal law or comparative criminal law. Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in law from a German university or from a renowned English-speaking university or law school. Their PhD dissertation should ideally be published and have received a summa cum laude or equivalent grade. We also expect a strong publication record. 

Our offer 

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. 

The 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. This position is temporary with a regular duration of 2 years which can be extended twice (up to a maximum of 6 years). 

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. 

Your application 

To apply for this position, please submit your application to include your PhD dissertation, a cover letter with a description of your fields of interest and relevant work experience, your CV, and university transcripts in one PDF-file (max. 10 MB) online via the following link:

The deadline for application is January 31, 2021. 

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