Postdoc (f/m/div) in the field of criminal law theory, philosophy of criminal law, or comparative criminal law

Job Description & Qualification

The ideal candidate has experience in the field of criminal law theory, philosophy of criminal law, or comparative criminal law. You have an outstanding academic / publication record that fits the research interests of the Department of Criminal Law. Furthermore, you have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. The prerequisite for the position is a doctorate with excellent results in law, in related humanities, or in the social sciences. Your PhD dissertation in German or English has been awarded “summa cum laude” or the highest grade in another grading system, and you are aiming for an academic career. Candidates with a state examination in law could pursue a habilitation (post-doctoral lecturing qualification) if they meet the necessary requirements.

Application Procedure

Application deadline: June 30, 2022

About the Organization

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law is a leading European center for research in criminal law, criminology, and public security matters. The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science – one of the world’s most distinguished and successful research organizations. The high level of its fundamental research is reflected not least in the 29 Nobel Prizes awarded to Max Planck scientists since the Society was founded in 1948.

The research conducted in our three departments (Criminal Law, Criminology, and Public Law) is comparative, international, and interdisciplinary. The scientists in the Department of Criminal Law conduct research in the field of transnational criminal law theory: They analyze the normative foundations and functions of criminal law in contemporary societies and focus on current challenges that arise in similar ways in different legal systems. The aim is to develop solutions in order to further advance criminal law rules and regulatory practices. With its world-renowned, specialized library, the Institute offers an ideal environment for theoretical, doctrinal, and empirical research.
The Institute is located in Freiburg im Breisgau, a dynamic and green university city with a 900-year history. The city is located in a trinational border region (Germany, Switzerland, and France) and captivates with its high quality of life and international flair. Freiburg ranks third on Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2022” list of the top ten cities to visit.

Additional Information

Our Offer
Postdocs at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg are expected to develop their own research projects. They can use the excellent research infrastructure and the scientific support services of the Institute. They are given ample time to publish their own work and to advance their own academic careers. In addition, a reasonable amount of participation in and contribution to the research, publications, and academic activities of the Department of Criminal Law is expected.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the TVöD (Bund), or “Tarifvertrag Öffentlicher Dienst Bund”, pay category 13. Depending on your qualifications and previous professional experience, the annual salary before tax will be between approx. 50.000 and 75.000 EUR (full-time position). The salary includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for health care, long-term care, unemployment, and retirement.

The position is a fixed-term appointment for two years. It can be extended twice (up to a maximum of six years), based on the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). The place of employment will be Freiburg im Breisgau. We are committed to ensuring the compatibility of family and career and can offer flexible working arrangements, including remote work. Generous opportunities for personal and career development are provided.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and supports diversity in the workplace. Applications from disabled persons are welcome. We also aim to increase the percentage of female researchers in fields in which they are underrepresented and therefore expressly encourage women to apply.

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

- cover letter including your research interests and/or your research projects and relevant work experience
- detailed CV
- list of publications
- a copy of your PhD dissertation
- additional publications (max. 2), where applicable
- transcripts of your academic achievements at university and, where applicable, work certificates
- names and contact details of at least two (former or current) professional supervisors who have agreed to provide a reference.

Please submit your application in a single PDF file via our online application portal by the closing date of June 30, 2022:

Questions may be directed to Dr. Annika Hampel, Recruitment Officer, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (e-mail:; phone: +49 761 7081-251).

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Job ID

ID: J10775