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School/CompanyHHL gemeinnützige GmbH
Job TitleEarly Stage Researcher (Research Fellow/ PhD Candidate) (f/m/d)
AddressJahnallee 59
Job categoryAcademic
Career levelEntry Level (less than 2 years of experience)
Desired education levelDoctorate or PhD
Job typeFull-Time
Job description



HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is a university-level institution and ranks amongst the leading international Graduate Business Schools. Its goal is to educate effective, responsible, and entrepreneurial business leaders through outstanding teaching, research and practice. Today HHL stands out for its excellent teaching, a clear research focus, its effective knowledge transfer into practice as well as its outstanding student services and its strong international focus with more than 120 partner universities worldwide. Its research and teaching approach is defined by the principles of effectiveness, responsibility, and innovation from a global perspective.


In the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Project: MSCA-ITN-ETN LimnoPlast - Microplastics in Europe’s freshwater ecosystems: From sources to solutions" HHL seeks to fill an open position as


Early Stage Researcher (Research Fellow/ PhD Candidate) (f/m/d)


Law / Business

(full time / 100%, Start: May 1st, 2020)


Project Title: Legal situation of microplastics in Europe’s freshwater ecosystem

Research Field: Law, Business


“LimnoPlast - Microplastics in Europe's freshwater ecosystems: From sources to solutions” is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network) and offers fully funded PhD positions (for early-stage researcher (ESR)) with a unique and extensive training program. The successful candidates will be hosted by a member of a European consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Germany, Denmark, France, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.


Early career researchers will get

  • full-time employment contract for 36 months (including social security coverage),
  • additional family allowance (if married or dependent children),
  • opportunity to participate in the HHL Doctoral Program and to prepare a dissertation (PhD / Dr. rer. oec.)
  • access to an extensive research network,
  • connections to potential employers in Europe,
  • a fully funded six-month research stay at one of the network partners.


Applicants can be of any nationality and must, at the time of recruitment

  • have a MSc or equivalent with outstanding success in either the field of Law (EU-Law or International Law is desirable) or the field of Business (International or Strategic Management is desirable) and have a solid background in the other field
  • have high proficiency in spoken and written English (Knowledge of German does not constitute a pre-requisite)
  • be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers,
  • have not been awarded a doctoral degree,
  • have not resided in the country of the host institution (Germany) for more than 12 months in the last three years (except refugees).


The HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, handicapped applicants will be preferred if equally qualified.


Applicants should send their applications consisting of

  • a motivation letter addressing his/her research interests in relationship to the research project,
  • a curriculum vitae (Europass format recommended, please specify your residence/workplace in the last three years),
  • university transcripts (grades) and other relevant certificates


in electronic form as a single pdf-file (up to 30 MB) to Prof. Dr. Liv Jaeckel, E-Mail: or or Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth, E-Mail: until January 31, 2020.


Additional information can be found at:

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Expiry date2020/03/31