PhD Position in Comparative Politics

University of Zurich Department of Political Science


Department of Political Science

Doctoral (Ph.D.) / Assistant Position in Comparative Politics
60 %

The Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich (IPZ) invites applications for 1 doctoral (Ph.D.) / assistant position (Assistenz) in the research group of the Chair of Comparative Politics held by Prof. Daniele Caramani.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidates will engage in research and teaching in the area of comparative politics. They are expected to pursue own research interests, participate to international conferences and produce outstanding scholarship with publications in top journals and presses. Candidates must possess encompassing theoretical knowledge of comparative politics, solid training in quantitative methods and statistical packages (Stata and R), international experience, the ability and motivation to work in team and conduct independent research, and the ability to work fluently in English and/or German.

Your profile

  • Writing a Ph.D. dissertation based on the candidate's own research interests in the broad area of comparative politics.
  • Teaching undergraduate seminars or introductory courses in English or German (app. 2 hours weekly in 2 semesters of 14 weeks), advising students, preparing and marking examinations, and occasional administrative tasks.
  • Participation to the department's activities and to the doctoral program.
  • Participation to summer schools, scholarly conferences and scientific networks.

What we offer

The IPZ offers excellent research conditions and a stimulating academic environment. Through its collaborations, research centers and exchange programs, it is widely internationally connected. The IPZ is committed to promote young scholars in their career advancement and provides strong methodological support. The positions will be filled for 3 years and can be renewed to 1 year contingent on Ph.D. progress, research productivity, teaching quality and commitment to chair and departmental activities. Compensation starts by CHF 53'189.

Applications by: April 30, 2021
Interviews: in the course of May, 2021

Please send your application (possibly as one PDF-attachment) including: cover letter, CV, transcripts, statement of research purpose, name of a person who would be willing to serve as a reference.

Place of work

Zurich - Oerlikon

Start of employment

September 1, 2021

Further information

Prof. Daniele Caramani

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