The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department ‘Law and Anthropology’ is offering a PhD position (m/f/d) (starting date 1st October 2020 – to be confirmed). The position is offered within the Minerva Research Group “The Ethics of Exchange” which will focus on how the law’s boundaries are shaped in hospital ethics committees and decision-making processes in organ donation and transplantation in the UK and Germany.

  • Applicants should hold an advanced degree in law and/or anthropology.
  • Excellent academic writing and communication skills in English and German are essential.
  • Prior field experience in the designated region and knowledge of additional relevant local languages are desirable.
  • Brief research proposals (maximum 2 pages) should be attached; successful applicants are expected to be ready to modify details of their proposal when the research group is consolidated.
  • The research proposal should outline how the proposed topic fits within either one or both of the workstreams.

Duration: three years, with the possibility of two six-month extensions.


Apply online and include the following documentation:

  • Cover letter
  • CV including a list of publications
  • Summary of the proposed research, which should demonstrate clear links to the applicant’s previous work and qualifications and to the respective research field (two-pages)
  • Copies of university degrees
  • Names of two or three referees whom we may contact
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Country Germany
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Law, Anthropology
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 31 August 2020

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