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Senior Researcher for the Data Portal PERFAR

The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy is a research facility established by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science [Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.]. Our social law department is devoted to basic research in the field of foreign and international social law.

For the establishing of a databank offering information on social benefits systems we are looking for a Senior Researcher (full time) to join us at the earliest possible date.

The project

The data portal PERFAR ( offers legal and economic data on demographic developments in Europe. The socio-political and legal information stored therein shall be expanded and further developed. Within the framework of a new interdisciplinary project the task, from a legal perspective, will be to tackle the challenge of assessing benefits systems with a view to obtaining sufficiently accurate and significantly quantifiable data. 

Job profile

  • law degree with above-average qualifications, preferably combined with a completed doctoral degree;
  • if possible, knowledge of social law and/or migration law;
  • ability to work in a team and interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • good command of English and, if possible, of further languages.

Our offer

We offer a well-equipped workplace in a central location. Remuneration is offered according to the collective agreement for public service employees (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TvöD-Bund). Social benefits are paid in compliance with the regulations of the public service.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply for this position. The Max Planck Society also seeks to employ more severely disabled persons. Severely disabled persons are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.


More information
Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Please send your application preferably via email (in one connected PDF file, if possible) quoting reference number 08-17 to