Postdoctoral Research Position in Applied Economics
Advertiser: Economics Department, Università della Svizzera Italiana
Field(s) of specialization: Any field
Position type(s): Postdoctoral Scholar
Location of job: via buffi 13, Lugano, 6900, Switzerland
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 2
Target date for applications: 1 Dec 2023
Application deadline: 31 Jan 2024 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 31 Jan 2024
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting December, 2023.
Ad text:

The Institute of Economics (IdEP) at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland, invites applications for one postdoctoral research position in the context of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Sinergia project: “Institutional Foundations of Industrialization, Financialization, and Globalization of the Swiss Economy. Evidence from 140 Years of the Commercial Registry” ( Project leader: Prof. Raphael Parchet.

The project builds on a set of records in the Swiss Commercial Registry, published daily since 1883, from which we will produce a unique dataset of 140 years of Swiss corporate history featuring information about firm key characteristics, purpose, owners and finance. The project aims at shedding light on i) the history of firms and business groups in Switzerland, ii) the role of taxation and other local legislation on firms’ location decisions and organization, iii) with a particular focus on the ownership structure.

The project is multi-disciplinary and international. The successful candidate is a young researcher holding (or being close to completing) a PhD in Economics. (S)he will conduct independent research while concurrently contributing to the main research project. The candidate will be integrated and collaborate with the entire research team encompassing researchers located at USI (Marco D'Ambros, computer science), ETH (Elliott Ash, law and economics), University of St. Gallen (Anna Stünzi and Tina Freyburg, political science), and the University of Liège (Malka Guillot, economics).

Knowledge of Italian is not a requirement. Experience in Natural Language Processing considered as a plus.

The Institute of Economics at USI offers an exciting research environment, competitive terms and conditions, and generous research support. The annual salary ranges from CHF 80,000 to 85,000 (around USD 90,000 to 95,000). The appointment is for up to twoyears with annual renewals. The position can potentially be extended by participating in competitive funding opportunities (e.g. SNF Ambizione, Marie Curie, etc.).

To inquire for this position, please submit a cover letter, two reference letters, a CV, a job market paper to EconJobMarket.

Applications received by December 1, 2023 will be given priority. The starting date is

September 1, 2024, but an earlier date is also possible.

Interviews will be conducted online subsequently and on the European Job Market (EJM) on December 11-14, 2023 until the position is filed. Owing to the large number of applications received, only those applicants whose profiles are likely to fit the position will be notified for further details and eventual interviews.

To inquire for this position please e-mail:

Submission materials required
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Job market paper
  • Video presentation of job market paper (optional)
  • Additional paper (optional)
  • Contact information for references (optional)
  • Additional paper (optional)
  • Letters of reference: 2
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