Saturday, September 6, 2008

Doctoral Research Position, Germany

Doctoral Research Position on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment at Max Planck Research School, Germany

Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law Freiburg

MPI for Foreign and International Criminal Law

Several doctoral research positions within the areas of Criminal Law, Criminology or Sociology Division: International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP)

Job Offer from the August 26th, 2008 Time frame as of 1 November 2008 or later

Financial support will be granted for a period of two years, with a possibility of two subsequent extensions, each for a duration of six months.

Field of work

InternationalMax Planck Research Schoolon Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP)

Job description

The Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Law offers several doctoral
research positions within the areas of Criminal Law, Criminology or Sociology
as of November 1st, 2008. These doctoral positions are granted in the context
of the interdisciplinary programme of the new Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP).

The research agenda has its focus on fundamental questions as to how social order and social control is negotiated, constructed, maintained and re-gained. These issues are of particular significance in the context of conflict and post-conflict societies, where traditional approaches to mediation and reconciliation are being adopted in the search for modern strategies of conflict resolution, amending or - partially - replacing, well-established systems of punishment mainly based on concepts of retaliation.

The integrated curriculum of the Research School offers structured,
interdisciplinary training. While working on their own projects, the young
researchers have the opportunity to become acquainted with the theoretical
approaches and empirical instruments of all disciplines involved.
The working language is English.


The research school aims to attract young researchers educated in law (in articular, criminal law), criminology or sociology.

Application requirements:
1. Completion of a law degree at a German university or completion at an equivalent university abroad. First or Second German State Law Exam with a minimum overall grade of “vollbefriedigend” (according to the examination regulations
“JAPrO” of the State of Baden-Württemberg), or an equivalent degree
with an equivalent grade (”with distinction”) from abroad.

2. Alternatively, completion of a regular university studies in social sciences with an overall duration of at least 4 years at a German or equivalent university from abroad. Master degree in sociology as major subject, or equivalent degree from Germany or abroad.

3. Submission of a substantive proposal for a dissertation topic linked to the research agenda of the IMPRS REMEP.

4. Solid proficiency in the English language. In addition, students should have at least some basic knowledge of German language and demonstrate willingness to improve it.

The IMPRS REMEP seeks to reach a composition of at least 50 percent foreign doctoral students. Thus, foreign candidates with a foreign degree are explicitly encouraged to apply. Recognition of equivalence of foreign degrees is to be determined by the doctoral committee of the Faculty of Law or by the examination committee of the Joint Commission of the Faculties of Humanities and Philology of the University of Freiburg, in accordance with the criteria laid out by the Central Office for Foreign Education at the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (”Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen im Sekretariat der Ständigen Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder”).

Financial support is granted in accordance with the guidelines of the Max Planck Society in the form of a doctoral contract or bursary. The financial support regarding the doctoral contract corresponds with public service organizations (up to 50 per cent of the payment group 13 degree 1 of the General Framework Agreement on
Public Services, “Tarifvertrag Öffentlicher Dienst”, TVöD).

Application documents must be submitted electronically to the following email address: (maximum 5 MB per E-Mail).
Please refrain from sending postal applications.

Applicants will be invited to telephone or personal interviews or videoconferences in Freiburg upon prior notification. The selection procedure should be completed by 01-11-2008. The applicants will be informed of the selection results in writing. During the selection procedure we ask applicants to refrain from contacting the Institute with regards to the results of the procedure.

An absolute right to financial support does not exist.
1. Cover sheet addressed to the ‘International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment’ at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i.Br.

2. European style curriculum vitae
( in German or English. It should include
information on all previous research activities.

3. Copy of Secondary Education certificate with a list of subject areas. The documents must be officially translated into German (preferably) or English and a copy of the original supplied.

4. Copy of certificates relating to the First and, where applicable, Second German State Law Exam(s) from lawyers or certificates relating to the University or State Exam from social scientists. From foreign graduates, copy of all university certificates with a list of all grades, including the overall grade, the average grade and the university certificate of graduation. The documents must be officially translated into German (preferably) or English and a copy of the original supplied.

5. Substantive/meaningful proposal for a research topic (5 pages), preferably in English, structured into a) relevance of the proposed topic in the context of the overall research agenda of the IMPRS REMEP, b) state of preparation, c) aim of the project, d) probable links to other disciplines, e) methodology, f) proposed timeline, g) intended time of completion of the dissertation. It is intended that
doctoral students, when participating in the research programme in a regular manner, will be able to complete the programme within a two year period.

6. Two letters of recommendation from two senior scientists (to be written in English or German). These letters should include information as to previous research experience, and vouch for the ability of the applicant to undertake doctoral studies at the Research School.

7. Applicants who do not speak English as their native language and who are unable of demonstrating good proficiency in English language in any other way must prove their skills through language examination certificates. In particular, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with at least 6.0 bands or TOEFEL (at least 560 points, computer: 220 points) are recognized.

8. Applicants who do not speak German as their native language should be capable to demonstrate basic knowledge of German, e.g., through a certificate German language
(”Zertifikat Deutsch”, ZD). Proficiency in German language is not a formal precondition for application. However, subject to university regulations, German is mandatory for the final oral doctoral exam in sociolog. If necessary, access to external language courses can be arranged.

Presentation of officially authenticated copies of the original certificates etc., with regards to Nos. 3 and 4 above, is only necessary once a decision has been made to admission.

The Max Planck Society and the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg endeavor, wherever possible, to employ disabled persons, and applications from such persons are expressly called for. The Max Planck Society and the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg also desire to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: September 30th, 2008.

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