Post-doctoral Researcher in Sociology or Economics

Post-doctoral Researcher in Sociology or Economics
70%-100%, Zurich, temporary


The Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, D-MTEC, invites applications for a Post-doc position at the Chair of Education Systems.

The Chair of Education Systems conducts research at the intersection of sociology, economics, and education. It investigates what shifts are taking place in educational systems in light of globalisation, an aging society and the breakneck evolution of technologies. It also examines the characteristics of the world’s most effective educational systems that are in harmony with the demands of the labour market.


Project background

The advertised position is in the course of a three-year interdisciplinary research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) including partners from Benin, Chile, Costa Rica and Nepal. The aim of the project is to find out under what conditions Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in low- and middle-income countries can contribute to improving the youth labour market situation. The project has two objectives: academic research and knowledge transfer into practice. For the former objective, the international and interdisciplinary project team offers good opportunities for academic collaboration, while the latter is achieved through site visits to the project countries and participation of stakeholders from the partner countries in the CEMETS.


Job description

You will work within an interdisciplinary team of economists and sociologists contributing to the Chair’s research agenda in an environment that is both research-focused and with a direct link to policy relevant topics in different countries. Besides research, one of your main tasks will be the coordination and management of the project. The workload for the advertised position in the above-mentioned project is 70% but can be increased to 100%. The position offers an internationally competitive salary that is in accordance with the regulations of ETH Zurich. Funding for research and travel is available. The expected starting date is June or July 2020. Preferably, applicants plan to stay for the entire three years of the second project phase.


Your profile

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Economics or Sociology and should have shown interest in topics such as development, labour or education economics, sociology of education, or comparative sociology. They must have a strong background of qualitative or quantitative methods and should be interested in the coordination and administration of the above-mentioned research project.

The successful candidate is expected to independently conduct academic and policy-relevant research and to contribute to ongoing research projects of the group. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and German are required, further knowledge of French and Spanish is an asset.


ETH Zurich

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We look forward to receiving your online application including a motivation letter with a short description of your research interests, a CV, a list of publications, a complete academic transcript with undergraduate and graduate courses, copies of diplomas, (work) certificates and contact information for 2-3 potential referees (pdf is recommended). Please apply exclusively via the online application portal.

For further information about the Chair of Education Systems, please visit our website or and Questions regarding the position can be directed to Prof. Ursula Renold at (no applications).



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