The Institute offers a challenging and motivating research environment to postdoctoral researchers in the history of law and related disciplines who wish to remain in academia either for the time being or permanently after having completed their doctorate. Employment as a postdoc at the Institute is for a limited duration and serves to pursue further academic qualifications and enhance one's profile. During this time, the postdocs work on an independent research project within the context of the respective research fields of the two departments. They benefit from the wide range of lectures, seminars and workshops at the Institute as well as from the opportunity to conduct independent scientific events. Moreover, all postdoctoral researchers receive extensive support for research stays at archives and libraries as well as for participation in external conferences and professional symposia.
As a rule, postdoctoral positions with an employment contract are for a period of three years with the possibility of an extension up to three years. While there are no teaching obligations associated with employment at the Institute, external teaching assignments are welcomed. Moreover, postdoctoral researchers are integrated into the mentoring of the doctoral students at the Institute.