Department of Political Science
PhD position in the research group of Professor Jonathan Slapin
The Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich invites
applications for a PhD position in the research group of Professor Jonathan
Slapin, Professor of Political Institutions and European Politics.
Development and conduct of own PhD project in the field of comparative
political institutions, broadly defined. Applicants should have a focus on
parliaments, parties, legislative behavior, representation, European
politics, or European integration.
Participation in the Department's doctoral program, which offers advanced
methodological and substantive training as well as professional
To teach own courses and/or co-teach with Prof. Slapin or other members of
To contribute to intellectual life at the IPZ and the Chair of Comparative
Political Institutions and European Politics.
Excellent MA degree in political science or closely related discipline.
Substantive interest in democratic political institutions, democratic
governance, representation, parties, parliaments, legislative behavior,
European integration or other substantive and methodological topics that
fit with the research conducted at the chair.
Excellent quantitative methods background and an interest in further
developing methodological skills. Specific areas of interest/expertise
could include (but are not limited to) econometrics, survey methods and
design, computational social and data science (including quantitative
text analysis), and experimental methods.
Motivation to pursue an academic career.
Ability to work both independently and in a team.
Preference for an ability to speak and teach in German, but not required
What we offer
Excellent working environment
Strong substantive and methodological training
Excellent research support
Place of work
Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Affolternstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland
Start of employment
The starting date is negotiable but we will aim for September 1, 2023.
Conditional on approval of the PhD proposal by the end of the first year,
funding is guaranteed for four years total, with a gross annual salary of
approximately 53,000 CHF.
Please send us your application electronically as one PDF-file comprising a
brief letter of interest, CV, transcripts, a writing sample (e.g. Master
thesis), a 3-4 page research plan for your PhD, and the contact details of
two people willing to serve as a reference and indicate that your application
refers to this particular position with the keyword “PhD Slapin”.