PhD Position in Political Science

University of Zurich Department of Political Science


Department of Political Science

PhD Position in the Research Group of Professor Lucas Leemann
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The Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich invites applications for a PhD position in the research group of Lucas Leemann.

The Department of Political Science offers excellent research support in a vibrant research community and is committed to advancing young scholars' careers.

Your responsibilities

The PhD student will pursue his or her own research in the broad areas of Comparative Politics and empirical research on democracy. The PhD student will also be enrolled in the Department's doctoral program, which offers advanced methodological and substantive training.

She or he will contribute to teaching in the field of comparative politics or applied methods (2 hours per week), advising of BA, MA, and PhD students, and some administrative tasks. Collaboration in research projects running in the research group and the Department is encouraged.

Your profile

  • A MA/MSc in political science ideally with a focus on Comparative Politics.
  • Interest in representation, political behavior, democratic institutions, or historical origins of Institutions.
  • Strong interest in academic research and motivation to pursue an academic career.
  • Excellent knowledge of quantitative methods as well as an interest in further developing methodological skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Strong command of English.

What we offer

  • Integration in a leading department with highly motivated and engaged members.
  • Possibility to independently develop a research agenda.
  • Financial and academic support from the research group and department.
  • Conditional on approval of the PhD proposal by the end of the first year funding is guaranteed for four years total.
  • Salary is according to cantonal guidelines.

Place of work

Affolternstrasse 56, 8050 Z├╝rich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Start of employment: September 1, 2023
Closing date for applications: April 1, 2023

Please send your application electronically as one PDF-file comprising your letter of interest, a current CV, a writing sample (e.g. MA thesis), copy of university transcripts, a one-page research proposal, and the contact details of two people willing to serve as a reference together with the following form:
PDF to the secretariat

Further information

Further inquiries can be directed to Lucas Leemann.

In your application, please refer to


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