Open Positions 2
Time Span 01 Nov 2021 for 3 years
Application Deadline 15 Aug 2021
Type of Position
PhD - Individual Supervisor
Field of Research
Law, Economics, and Social Sciences
Description 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.
The Department “Law & Anthropology” is offering positions for
Doctoral Students in the field of Law & Diversity
Since 2018, the Department has been investing in what is meant to be a long-
term project under the title ‘Cultural and Religious Diversity under State Law
across Europe', or CUREDI. CUREDI is a digital repository of cases - with a
focus on case law analysis - that have to do with cultural and religious
diversity and that show if, how, and to what extent diversity is granted legal
recognition within the domestic legal systems of member states of the EU, UK,
and Switzerland. Curedi works with a network of scientific research teams in
Europe with the goal to make the database publicly accessible online. Further
information on the research agenda is available on:
https: // www. eth.mpg.de/5772963/curedi (in German) or
https: // www. eth.mpg.de/5713411/curedi (in English).
This call invites research proposals that address the legal approach to
diversity across Europe preferably related to one of the following topics of
the repository: 1. Crime and Punishment under State Law; 2. Cultural Heritage;
3. Detention Centres; 4. The Human Body; 5. Hospitals and Healthcare; 6. Mass
Media; 7. Public Space and Institutional Sphere; 8. Torts.
The research within the dissertation project should consist of studying the
extent to which state law offers solutions to specific situations of religious
and cultural diversity, how these solutions are formulated and to what extent
they offer pathways that could also be relevant in other jurisdictions. Each
proposed research project should preferably include a regional comparative
component covering two or three countries. The inclusion of East Central
Europe would be welcome.
Within the framework of this call, three scenarios/challenges in particular
are under scrutiny: (1) situations in which fundamental rights and liberties
are in conflict with one another; (2) situations or practices that are not
recognized or are explicitly denied validity under state law; (3) situations
that are addressed very differently in the several domestic legal orders of
₋ an academic degree (master's or equivalent) in law in hand at the time of
taking up the position (1 November 2021), with outstanding results;
₋ evidence of serious interest in law & diversity issues;
₋ willingness to conduct comparative research (this may require familiarity
with relevant legal practice);
₋ very good command of written and spoken English;
₋ evidence of proficiency in the relevant languages (cf. selection of
jurisdictions to be covered by the project proposed by the applicant);
₋ an intrinsic interest in team work.
Positions are to start on 1 November 2021. They are awarded for three years,
with the possibility of two six-month extensions (pending a positive
evaluation). Employment will be on a full-time contractual basis. The
workplace is Halle/Saale (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany).
Please note that the Max Planck Institutes do not award doctoral degrees.
Doctoral students must therefore enroll at a university in or outside Germany.
The choice of the university will be agreed jointly by the successful
applicant and the director of the Department of Law & Anthropology.
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 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 materials electronically by 15 August 2021 by
following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career'), or by
going directly to the online application form using the link below.
Applicants are asked to submit the following materials
₋ cover letter;
₋ curriculum vitae, including a formal record of university courses and list
of publications (if any);
₋ copies of university degrees
₋ a succinct description (3 to 5 pages) of the proposed doctoral project,
the selection of the jurisdictions to be covered and a clear justification for
₋ two to three detailed letters of recommendation from professors, teachers,
or professional supervisors who are well acquainted with the work of the
applicant (letters to be sent directly to the Department at
Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held in September 2021. If you
have further questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Janka Diallo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We look forward to receiving your completed online application under:
https: // recruitingapp-5034.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/413/Application/New/2
Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute is
available on our website:
https:// www. eth.mpg.de
Language of Dissertation
Letter of Motivation
Others : two to three detailed letters of recommendation
https: // recruitingapp-5034.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/413/Description/2