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Doctoral contrat at the Max-Plack für europäische Rechtsgeschichte Institute

Contrat doctoral à l‘Institut Max-Plack für europäische Rechtsgeschichte

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Published on Friday, April 06, 2018


Le Max-Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte de Francfort-sur-le-Main, Allemagne, lance un appel à candidatures pour un contrat doctoral de trois ans, pour un(e) doctorant(e), dans le groupe de recherche « Governance of the Universal Church after the Council of Trent : Papal Administrative Concepts and Practices as exemplified by the Congregration of the Council between the Early Modern Period and the Present » sous la direction de Madame Benedetta Albani.


One doctoral student - Max-Planck Research Group: Governance of the universal Church

The Research Group

The Max Planck Research Group III, comprising the director, three PhD candidates and several associated scholars, investigates the emergence and development of the system of post-Tridentine global governance of the Catholic Church in depth from an interdisciplinary perspective over an extended period of time. It will do so by analysing the activity of the Congregations of the Council, the dicastery founded in 1564, which was responsible for appropriately implementing the Council decisions in the entire Catholic world and to which the papal authority of authentic interpretation of the disciplinary decrees was delegated.

The research focuses on specific topics, including the role of the Congregation of the Council in the complex translation processes of the Tridentine normative order in the Catholic world; the internal decision processes and operational procedures of the Congregation and the authority and validity of its decisions in the local churches; the valence of the Roman Curia as the interpretative and judicial authority at the global level; the coexistence of post-Tridentine canon law with preceding and different normative orders in Europe and beyond; the development of the concept of interpretation authentica from the Council of Trent until today.

Existing cooperation with the Vatican Secret Archives devoted to the reorganisation of the archive of the Council Congregation forms a solid foundation for the research activities to be performed by the research group and will permit the PhD students to work with valuable unpublished sources.

Your tasks

You will develop, coordinate and conduct a doctoral project in the frame of the research group’s scientific interests. Your doctoral thesis will preferably focus on the history of the Congregation of the Council in the early modern period (XVI-XVIII century).

You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the research group and of the Institute under the guidance of Dr Albani.

Your profile

  • You hold a first-class or high-upper, second-class degree in History, Legal History, Canon Law, Economic History or History of Art.
  • You work independently, are fully proficient in English and are willing to learn German.
  • In selecting the candidates, language proficiency (Italian, Spanish, French as well as Latin) and both interest and competence in archival research will be regarded as especially important.

Our offer

We offer an attractive and international work environment with unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. The candidate will have the opportunity to take part in an interdisciplinary international research group, benefit from continuous scientific exchange, a comprehensive library and the possibility of research stays in Germany and abroad. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). The annual salary before tax will amount to EUR 29,950 (EG13 level 1, 65%). The job is a full-time position (currently 39 hours per week). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

We are located on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe, right in the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number disabled persons in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedure

Your application can be written in German, English, Italian or French and should contain the following documents:

Personal Statement:

  • Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
  • Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to provide a reference


  • Detailed CV (Please provide your detailed CV in German or English.)

Other Documents

  • Research proposal (up to five pages)
  • Transcripts
  • A sample of writing about 20 pages in length (seminar paper, journal article, book chapter etc.)

Please provide your referees with all your application documents and ask them to send their references direct to jobs@rg.mpg.de no later than 15 April 2018. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong candidates will be invited for an interview.


Address informal enquiries as to the substance of the research group directly to Dr Benedetta Albani (albani@rg.mpg.de).

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Anna Heym (jobs@rg.mpg.de).

Your application must be submitted online via the followed link :http://www.rg.mpg.de/job_offers

Deadline: 15th of April 2018.


Dr. Benedetta Albani, head of the Max-Planck Research Group III “Governance of the Universal Church after the Council of Trent: Papal Administrative Concepts and Practices as exemplified by the Congregation of the Council between the Early Modern Period and the Present”.

Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Hansallee 41, 60323, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


  • Hansaallee 41
    Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany (60323)


  • Sunday, April 15, 2018


  • concile de Trente, congrégation, concile


  • Benedetta Albani
    courriel : albani [at] rg [dot] mpg [dot] de

Information source

  • Benedetta Albani
    courriel : albani [at] rg [dot] mpg [dot] de


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« Doctoral contrat at the Max-Plack für europäische Rechtsgeschichte Institute », Scholarship, prize and job offer, Calenda, Published on Friday, April 06, 2018, https://doi.org/10.58079/zy6

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