Job Vacancy at the University of Bonn (Germany): Research fellow in International Civil Procedural Law and/or International Commercial Arbitration


The Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn is an international research university with a wide education and research profile. With a 200-year history, approximately 33,000 students, more than 6,000 staff, and an excellent reputation at home and abroad, the University of Bonn is one of the most important universities in Germany and is recognized as a university of excellence.

The Institute for German and International Civil Procedure is looking for a highly skilled and motivated PhD candidate and fellow (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) to work in the fields of International Civil Procedural Law and/or International Commercial Arbitration on a part-time basis (50%) to start as soon as possible.


(c) Volker Lannert / Universität Bonn



  • Supporting research and teaching on Private International Law, International Civil Procedure and/or International Commercial Arbitraiton as well as German civil law (required by the Faculty, therefore an excellent command of German and profound knowledge of German civil law equivalent to the “First State Examination” is mandatory)
  • Teaching obligation of two hours per week during term time (Semester)

Your Profile:

  • You hold the First or Second German State Examination in law with distinction (or its international equivalent)
  • If possible, you already had contact with International Civil Procedure Law and/or Commercial Arbitration Law
  • You are interested in the international dimension of private law, in particular International Civil Procedural Law, and/or International Commercial Arbitration
  • Excellent command of the English language (next to German)
  • You are commited, flexible, team-oriented and interested in further professional development opportunities

We offer:

  • Varied and challenging assignments with one of the largest employers in the region
  • Opportunity to conduct your PhD or research project (according to the Faculty’s regulations) under the supervision of the Director of the Institute Prof Dr Matthias Weller, Mag.rer.publ., MAE
  • Occupational pension scheme (VBL)
  • Numerous offers of the University Sports Programme (Hochschulsport)
  • Easy access to the public transport system and direct road link to the Autobahn due to the central location in Bonn as well as the possibility to use inexpensive parking facilities
  • Flexible working hours; remote working options are available
  • Renumeration according to German public service salary scale E-13 TV-L (50%); initial contract period is one year at least and up to three years, with an option to be extended.


The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. Its goal is to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented and to particularly promote their careers. It therefore strongly encourages applications from relevantly qualified women. Applications are handled in accordance with the State Equal Opportunity Act. Applications from suitable persons with proven severe disabilities and persons treated as such are particularly welcome

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter in German; CV; and relevant documents and certificates, notably university transcripts and a copy of the German State Examination Law Degree) to Prof Dr Matthias Weller (

For additional information, please refer to the attached pdf document (in German) or visit the Institute’s homepage.