Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
Veröffentlicht am: 06.02.2020

PhD position

University of Zurich, Department of Political Science, Zürich

Bewerbungsfrist: 09.03.2020

Beginn: 01.09.2020

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PhD position in the research group of Professor Jonathan Slapin

Description of UZH unit

The Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich ( invites applications for a PhD positionin the research group of Professor Jonathan Slapin, Professorof Political Institutions and European Politics.


  • Participation in the Department’s doctoral program, which offers advanced methodological and substantive training as well as professional development.
  • Development and conduct of own PhD project in thefieldofcomparative political institutions, broadly defined. Preference given to applicants wishing to focus on parliaments, parties, legislative behavior, or European politics, and with a background in quantitative methods skills, but other areas/projects also considered.
  • Toteach on his or her own and/or co-teach with Prof. Slapin.


  • MA degree in political scienceor closely related discipline
  • Interest in political institutions, democratic governance, parties, legislative behavior, European integration, or other substantive and methodological topics that fit with the research conducted atthe chair.
  • Excellent knowledge of quantitative methods as well as an interest in further developingmethodological skills
  • Motivation to pursue an academic career
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team

Language requirements

  • Excellent English, German

We offer

  • Excellent working environment
  • Strong substantive and methodological training
  • Excellent research support

This position opens on
The starting date for the position is September 1, 2020. Conditional on approval of the PhD proposal by the end of the first year, funding isguaranteed for four years total, with a gross annual salary of approximately 53,000 CHF.

Link form (PDF)
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Further information
Further informal inquiries can be directed to Prof. Jonathan Slapin (slapinipz.uzhch). Please send your application electronically as one PDF-file comprising your letter of interest,CV, transcripts, a writing sample (e.g. Master thesis), a 3-4 page research plan for your PhD, andthe contact details of two people willing to serve as a reference to this emailaddress: sekretariatipz.uzhch and indicate that your application refers to this particular position with the keyword “PhD Slapin”.

Closing date for applications
The deadline for applications is March9, 2020.