Department of Public Law

If there are currently no vacant positions posted on the Institute’s website but you meet the requirements set out below, you are welcome to inquire about future options at any time. To do so, directly contact Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher, Director of the Department of Public Law (). Please attach supporting documents (e.g., curriculum vitae, transcripts, and a letter of interest) to your email.

Have you studied or completed your doctorate at an English-speaking university? *

Interested in a pre-doc position at the MPI?

We would be happy to hear from you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You earned your J.D., LL.M., or M.A. (social sciences or humanities) at a renowned English-speaking university.
  • You graduated with distinction, in the top 10% of your class, or other equivalent.
  • You possess excellent academic research and scientific writing abilities, as demonstrated by the exceptional evaluation of your university research work and assignments.
  • You are interested in public security law, fundamental aspects of general public law, or legal theory and would like to write a doctoral dissertation that does not only focus on how certain laws are applied. An interdisciplinary research approach would also be welcome. 

Interested in a post-doc position at the MPI?

We give excellent post-docs the opportunity to work on their own research projects and publications for a flexible period (generally one to three years). During this time, it is expected that you will contribute to the Institute’s research output by publishing innovative, high-quality articles and by participating in relevant academic meetings.

We would be happy to hear from you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have published a doctoral dissertation that received the highest score as defined by your university’s grading system.
  • You have published widely in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Your current research interests correlate with the topics of research studied at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law.
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