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Two PhD Fellows for the Max Planck Research Group MAGGI

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

Bewerbungsfrist: 15.09.2020

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law is looking for

Two PhD Fellows for the Max Planck Research Group MAGGI:

“The Multiplication of Authorities in Global Governance Institutions”headed by PD Dr. Janne Mende


The newly founded Max PlanckResearch Group commences in January 2021 in Heidelberg. It focuses on the authority of state, intergovernmental and non-state actors in international institutions: Which actors (states, companies, NGOs, IO organs, national human rights institutes, cities, unions etc.) have which form of authority in which forums (UN, EU) - and how can their authority be democratically embedded? Operationalizing authority with the triad of power, legitimacy and reference to public interests, the Research Group will identify different forms of authority along the lines of institutionalization, legalization and participation. These require and enable the concept of authority to be multiplied between and beyond public and private authority, in order tomeet the challengesfor democracy on a global level.

ThePhD candidates will conduct individual qualitative empirical research with a focus either on the European Union or the United Nations, contribute to joint projects,events, and the dissemination of research output. The position includes doctoral supervision. There are no formal teaching requirements.

Requirements: Master’s degree in political science, international relations, political theory, international law or a related area / outstanding analytical and writing skills / high motivation for academic work / excellent command of English (German is an asset) / research experience in at least two of the following areas: (a) European Union, (b) global governance, (c) qualitative research, (d) power and democracy on a global level, e) the United Nations.

The position starts in January 2021. The appointment will be for 3years, with the possibility of renewal. The PhD support contract is based on the Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Doctoral students receive compensation corresponding to 50 percent of Pay Group 13 of TVöD (maximum level 2). Arecruitment bonus may be granted. Further information: The successful candidate will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary team that forms part of the vibrant international research community at one of Europe’s most renowned public law institutes.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages them to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and hence encourages their applications.

Please send your application documents (in English or German) including a cover letter, a short research proposal (1-2 pages) in which you outline your possible contribution to the Research Group, a curriculum vitae, academic certificates, and a reading sample (paper, book chapter or unpublished manuscript), exclusively by e-mail and summarized intoa single PDF file (plus reading sample in a separate file) by September 15th2020 to: bewerbungenmpilde. The documents will be deleted after the application process. The interviews will take place during October, if necessary via video conference. Application expenses cannot be covered.

Questions about the position should be directed to PD Dr. Janne Mende: mendempilde.