Thursday, December 12, 2019

Max Planck Announces Two Doctoral Studentships

[We have the following announcement.  DRE]

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt is a world leader in researching the history of law in Europe and beyond. Its two research departments with more than 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialized library and its numerous national and international co-operations make it the central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

We are now looking to recruit two Doctoral Students from 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter for the research programme ‘The History of European Union Employment Law’, under the supervision of Professors Thorsten Keiser and Stefan Vogenauer, dealing with the following topics:

(1) The History of EU Employment Law
(2) The History of Antidiscrimination in Labour Relations: France and Italy in Light of EU Law

Your tasks: You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project on one of the two research projects. Your doctoral thesis will turn on one of the two topics mentioned above. You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professors Keiser and Vogenauer.

Your profile: You hold a first class or high upper second class degree, preferably in law, alternatively in a different branch of the humanities or social sciences. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English or French language and willing to learn German if necessary.

Your CV should demonstrate your potential to pursue research at a very high international level. You are able to work independently and are committed to adopt interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.

Our offer:  We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). The annual salary before tax will amount to approx. EUR 32,700 (EG13 band 1, 65%). The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week), with presence in Frankfurt required. The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

We are located on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe, right at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt, the centre of finance, banking and the legal professions of Europe’s biggest economy.

The research programme is conducted jointly with the Faculty of Law of Justus Liebig University Gießen, where work spaces will be made available, you will participate in a working group on the history of fair wages, and where you will also awarded the doctoral degree upon successful completion.

The Institute belongs to the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its researchers, putting it on a par with the most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The mission of the Max Planck Society is to conduct fundamental (i.e., non-applied) research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities at the highest possible level. Its 84 Institutes are scattered across Germany and beyond, and they focus on research fields that are particularly innovative and require unusually extensive resources.

The Institute is part of Max Planck Law, the network of eleven Max Planck Institutes that engage in advanced legal research. The first of these was established in Berlin in 1924. Today, we cover a broad range of legal studies, from the anthropology of law to tax law, in nine different locations across Germany and Luxembourg.

The Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all Backgrounds. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedure:

Your application should be written in either English or German and contain the following documents:

1. Personal Statement:
  • Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
  • Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to provide a reference for you
2. CV
  • Detailed CV
  • List of publications
3. Other Documents:
  • Research proposal (up to five pages)
  • Transcripts
  • A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chapter etc.)
Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to by the closing date of 15 January 2020. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview, probably on 5 February 2020.


Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research topics may be directed to Professors Thorsten Keiser ( or Stefan Vogenauer (

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Anna Heym

Your application must be submitted online via the link on our homepage by the closing date of 15 January 2020.