Position:      Managing Editor

Project:        Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (UNYB)

Location:     Max Planck Foundation Office in Heidelberg, Germany

Term:            Fixed-term, until 31 December 2022

Closing Date for Applications: 15 April 2021


At the core of the Max Planck Foundation’s mission stands the provision of technical legal assistance to developing countries, particularly to those countries in transition or conflict (see: https://www.mpfpr.de). Alongside that, the Foundation publishes the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (UNYB), which is an annual publication that deals with issues and activities related to the UN and current developments in public international law.

The Yearbook aims to facilitate an understanding of the changes the UN has been undergoing since its foundation and also provides a forum in which the potential of international organisations to affect the future course of international law and relations can be examined and assessed. More generally, the UNYB also aims to provide a platform for discussion of new developments in the field of public international law. The UNYB currently has three Editors-in-Chief, i.e. Professor Dr. Erika de Wet, Dr. Kathrin Maria Scherr and Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum.

The first installment of the Yearbook was compiled in 1997 under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Since January 2014, the Foundation has been in charge of the Yearbook. So far, 23 volumes with almost 350 articles have been published by Brill in print and electronic form; vol. 24 is due to appear in the summer of 2021.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Editors-in-Chief, the Managing Editor will be responsible for the overall management of the production of the Yearbook, including:

  • Recommending and inviting authors from the scientific community to write articles;
  • Serving as the initial point of contact and source of information and guidance to UNYB authors, reviewers and Editors-in Chief by providing a high level of customer service;
  • Liaising with the publisher on production matters;
  • Making initial editorial judgments about article submissions as well as text editing by paying particular attention to the content, house style, internal consistency and overall readability;
  • Ensuring that authors and Editors-in-Chief meet deadlines;
  • Maintaining an electronic database of reviewers and authors;
  • Carrying out all other relevant duties as requested by the Editors-in-Chief.

Selection Criteria

Education and Professional Experience

Advanced degree in Law, preferably Master’s degree (LLM or MA).

Language Proficiency

A perfect command of English is required.

Other Skills & Competencies

  • Strong interest in legal scholarship and legal publishing
  • Ideally, 3+ years of experience in managing the business and editorial operations focused on academic material in the legal sciences
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to edit text, paying particular attention to the house style, internal consistency and overall readability
  • Exemplary time management and organisational skills,e. skilled in setting priorities, meeting deadlines, and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills

Assessment Method

Assessment of qualified candidates will include a competency-based test and interviews.

The Max Planck Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified men and women, including those with disabilities, to apply.

Only candidates eligible for a valid residence and work permit in Germany will be taken into consideration.

We Offer

  • Flexible work conditions
  • Interesting and challenging tasks within an international environment
  • Remuneration based on the Collective Agreement on Public Service Wages under German Law (TVöD Bund) and years of relevant experience


Please apply through our online application portal stating your earliest possible starting date (subject: “Managing Editor”) by 15 April 2021.