Research Fellow in International Dispute Settlement (PhD candidate) (m/f)

About MPI and Job description

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law is an Institute of the Max Planck Society, which is Germany’s most successful research organization.

The Institute in Luxembourg conducts research in the areas of European law of civil procedure, international litigation and arbitration and dispute resolution in the financial markets.

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg would like to appoint highly qualified candidates for two full-time positions as:

Research Fellow in International Dispute Settlement (PhD candidate) (m/f)
For the Research Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution
With Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri

•    Fixed-term contract for 24 months, contract extension is possible, 40 hrs/week

Your tasks

The Research Fellow will conduct legal research (contribution to common research projects and own PhD and publications), particularly in the field of International Dispute Settlement. All applicants must have a marked talent for academic work and academic writing, evidenced by graded term or final papers.

The successful candidate will have the great opportunity to contribute to research projects of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution and, in parallel, work on her/his PhD project.

The Research Fellow is expected to write her/his PhD thesis and perform the major part of her/his PhD research work in the premises of the Institute in Luxembourg, but also in close collaboration with her/his external supervisor and with the university or institution delivering her/his PhD diploma. A supervision of the PhD thesis by Prof. Ruiz Fabri will also be possible.

Your profile

The applicants are required to have obtained at least a Master degree in Law with outstanding results and to have a deep knowledge of international public law. According to the academic grades already received, candidates must rank within the top 10 %.

The successful candidates should demonstrate a great interest and curiosity for fundamental research and have a high potential to develop excellence in academic research. They should have the linguistic skills to evolve in a multilingual environment: fluency in English is compulsory (in written and oral), further language skills (in French and German notably) will be considered an advantage.

Our offer

We offer outstanding conditions to undertake fundamental legal research, and a very conducive work climate in an international team, with in-depth knowledge exchanges and support among researchers.

The MPI Luxembourg is a gender-friendly workplace. It offers a fully-equipped office and an access to its noteworthy library to foster legal research activities.

English is used both as working language and for publications of the Institute; French and German are also used for publications of the Institute. Individual publications in other languages are possible.

Salary and social benefits are provided according to the Luxembourgish legal requirements. Positions are full-time and presence in our premises in Luxembourg is required during working time.

The two-year contract is renewable, up-to five years. Starting date is 1st October 2020 or asap after.

Please apply online until 20 August 2020.

Documents required

A detailed CV incl. list of publications and relevant work experience; copies of academic records or transcripts; a 1- to max. 3-page description of your research interest or a (non-binding) concrete research idea, with the name of the foreseen PhD supervisor and the name of the institution awarding the PhD certificate; the name and contact details of two referees.

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer


Apply online