The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres
for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the
institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in
this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though
many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.
Department ‘Law & Anthropology' at the Max Planck Institute for Social
Anthropology is offering 1 PhD position (September 2021 – to be
The position is offered within the Minerva Research Group The Ethics of
Exchange which will focus on how the law's boundaries are shaped in
decision-making processes in organ donation and transplantation.
The Ethics of Exchange: the regulation of Organ Donation and Transplantation
is an exciting new research project led by Dr. Farrah Raza. The project will
fill in a gap in the scholarship by conducting a novel study of decision-
making processes by carrying out an investigation of the ‘middle layers' of
decision-making. It will do this by combining two key workstreams. The first
workstream will assess the regulation and decision-making processes in Organ
Donation and Transplantation in the relevant case study countries. The notion
of decision-making is understood broadly to include a range of practices,
forums and actors. The second workstream is concerned with religion and
culture, and in particular, the existence of pluralism in practice.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The essential duty of the PhD student will be to develop, write and submit a
PhD dissertation on a subject of relevance to the Research Group. This should
include a doctrinal comparison of the legal frameworks on organ donation and
transplantation in select case study countries. The selection of case study
countries should include between three to five jurisdictions and at least
either the UK and/or Germany. The PhD student will be encouraged to develop
his/her own project in collaboration with the Project Leader in order to
achieve a coherent and comparative approach to the research questions. The PhD
student will be expected to contribute to project outputs such as publications
Applicants should hold an advanced degree in Law. Excellent academic
writing and communication skills in English are essential. Prior experience in
the designated region and knowledge of additional relevant local languages are
desirable. Brief research proposals (maximum 2 pages) should be attached;
successful applicants are expected to be ready to modify details of their
proposal when the research group is consolidated. The research proposal should
outline how the proposed topic fits within either one or both of the
The PhD positions are awarded for three years, with the possibility of two
six-month extensions. Employment will be on a full-time contractual basis. The
workplace is Halle/Saale (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany).
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. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society strives to
ensure gender equality and diversity. 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.
Please submit your application electronically by 1 July 2021 following the
link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career'), or by going directly to
the online application form using the link below.
Applicants should send the following documentation:
CV including a list of publications
two-page summary of the proposed research, which should demonstrate clear
links to the applicant's previous work and qualifications and to the
respective research field
copies of university degrees
names of two or three referees whom we may contact
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Janka Diallo (email@example.com)
Informal enquiries concerning the position may be directed to Dr. Farrah Raza.
We look forward to receiving your completed online application.
Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute is
available on our website.