Information on Speculative Applications
We welcome unsolicited applications!
Even where a new opening has not been announced, you are at all times welcome to apply to our Institute for a position as an academic staff member, regardless of whether you reside within or outside of Germany.
As an academic staff member of our Institute, you will be able to work on your own doctoral or post-doctoral project (or another research project of your choosing) while at the same time assisting with Institute projects.
The Max Planck Society strives for diversity and gender equality. One of its goals is the employment of more disabled individuals, and applications from such individuals are expressly encouraged.
Additionally, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the percentage of women in fields in which they are underrepresented. Accordingly, applications from women are also expressly encouraged.
The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg is one of the world’s leading institutions performing comparative research in the fields of foreign, European and international private law, commercial law, business law and civil procedure. Towards this end, we consider the various legal systems of the world, compare them and develop approaches for the law of tomorrow. At present, approximately 70 scholars are conducting research on private international law. You can find more information on Institute research topics .
Daily work at the Institute is characterised by internationality and academic curiosity. Legal scholars from around the world come together to conduct research on German, foreign and international private law. We offer modern work facilities and an exceptional academic and organisational infrastructure.
Staff members as well as roughly 1,000 yearly guest researchers have at their disposal the Institute’s library. With approximately 540,000 holdings, it comprises one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on private law.
Support for Junior Researchers
The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law believes one of its primary missions is fostering the next generation of scholars.
The Institute therefore supports its doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in a variety of ways, both in terms of their research work and career development. Academic exchange among staff members is also routinely promoted. Doctoral candidates participate in workshops and colloquia in the framework of a structured program. At regularly scheduled academic fora – namely the Academic Council and the Aktuelle Stunde – it is primarily the Institute’s junior staff members who outline their research and present it for discussion.
The Institute is, additionally, one of the ten Max Planck Institutes focusing chiefly on legal topics. These Institutes have forged the Max Planck Law network and engage in regular academic exchange. The aim of this cooperative partnership is to advance the quality of research and professional qualifications.
It is of central importance that applicants have a documented interest in an area of research associated with an Institute Director or with one of the Institute‘s Centres of Expertise. Applications from individuals possessing degrees in neighbouring fields of research are also welcome, as are applications from those who have earned a degree outside of Germany.
Doctoral candidates employed as academic staff should have completed Germany’s first state law exam (with a score of at least vollbefriedigend) or have earned a comparable and similarly evaluated university degree. They should possess strong German and English language skills, preferably with knowledge of a further language.
We also offer part-time academic staff positions. In such cases, it is not absolutely necessary that a doctoral project is being undertaken.
It is permissible to complete a legal internship (Referendariat) during your period of employment.
Applicants who are seeking a position as a post-doctoral academic staff member should have already earned a law degree (awarded with distinction, honours, etc) and have completed their doctoral dissertation. They should in addition possess strong German and English language skills, preferably with knowledge of a further language.
Applicants who are seeking a position as a student research assistant should be currently enrolled in university law program and should possess strong German and English language skills, preferably with knowledge of a further language.
Salary and benefits conform to the German civil service pay scale.
Please submit your detailed application, including all necessary supporting documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, letters of reference) by means of our application portal (German page).