Call for Applications: PhD Positions

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The Institute for International and Comparative Public Law of the University of Münster, Germany, is looking to fill up to five PhD Positions (salary level TV-L 13, 75%) for the ERC-funded project “Correcting Inequality through Law”

This fixed-term contract will start on 1 September 2019 and has a duration of three years. The salary is paid according to the collective bargaining agreement for the public service, 75% position, grade TV-L 13 (currently ca. 34,425 EUR p.a., progressing to 38,210 EUR after the first year). Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.

The PhD positions are offered in the context of the project “Correcting Inequality through Law”, which will be led by Prof Dr Niels Petersen and funded by a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council. For more information on the project please visit

The faculty of law of the University of Münster is one of the leading law faculties in Germany. It consistently ranks among the top five law schools in Germany, has an international focus and a strong emphasis on research in comparative constitutional law.

Successful candidates will contribute to the project primarily through analysis and discussion of apex courts jurisprudence on equality. They will also be entrusted with some administrative responsibilities (e.g. workshop organization, etc.). The positions come with the opportunity to complete a PhD in law on a topic related to the project at the University of Münster.

The successful candidates are required to have a degree in law (Staatsexamen, LLB or equivalent) with excellent results and a strong interest in questions of equality and empirical legal research. An advanced degree (LLM or equivalent) is desirable. The successful candidates must be fluent in English and one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French, Polish or Mandarin. German language skills are not required.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

For any questions regarding the positions, please contact Konstantin Chatziathanasiou ( Applications must include a letter of motivation, a CV and university transcripts. They should be sent by email to Petra Fentner ( by 31 March 2019.