The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology: call for PHD position

Max Planck Institute - 11.02.2024


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 Max Planck 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

2 Doctoral Students (m/f/d) in the field of “Private Law”
(starting April 2024)

The positions are assigned to our newly founded Max Planck Research Group “Cultural Diversity in Private Law”, headed by Dr. Mareike Schmidt. This group explores the role of cultural diversity in core fields of private law, with a special focus on contracts and torts. In particular, the group seeks to understand the cultural embeddedness of legal processes in these fields and the way legal professionals deal with their own and others’ cultural conceptions of normality. Its ultimate goal is to contribute to the improvement of legal doctrine and practice regarding an inclusive application of private law in culturally diverse societies
Please submit your application electronically by 11 February 2024 following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career’), or by going directly to the online application form using the link below.Applicants should send the following documentation (in English or German language, unless indicated otherwise):

  • cover letter explaining your interest and suitability
  • CV (including a list of publications, if applicable)
  • one- to three-page description of your research interests or ideas for a dissertation project in line with the research group’s program (in English)
  • writing sample (e.g. a seminar paper or similar work)
  • copies of university degrees/state exam

Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to Dr. Mareike Schmidt (

If you have questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Carolin Klevenow (


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