Predoctoral Research Associate in Economics
Advertiser: Department of Economics, University of Zurich
Field(s) of specialization: Any field
Position type(s): Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Location of job: Schönberggasse 1, Zürich, 8001, Switzerland
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Current search status: Position filled
Posting end date: 27 Apr 2024
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting May, 2024.
Ad text:

The Department of Economics of the University of Zurich invites applications for the position of a Full-Time Predoctoral Research Associate in Economics. The Research Associate receives an appointment of two years at the Department of Economics and will work closely with Prof. David Dorn.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in developing cutting-edge empirical research. It will support research projects on labor markets, globalization, technological change, and political economy.

Specific responsibilities include obtaining, organizing and cleaning data, analysing data using statistical software, presenting results, and writing documentation and reports. See for past research projects and data outputs.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience: Candidates should have hands-on experience with statistical software, ideally including Stata and possibly Matlab or R. Formal post-undergraduate professional experience is not required.
  • Education: This position is usually filled by those with a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, mathematics, statistics, or related fields. Training in microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics is required.
  • Communication: Good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of German is not required.
  • Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Citizenship: Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens are welcome to apply.

The Pre-Doc is a full-time position with a flexible start date around September 2024 and end date in summer 2026. It offers a competitive salary. The successful candidate will join a motivated team of young researchers in Zurich who work in a dynamic environment that offers frequent interaction with other research assistants, PhD students, faculty members, and access to seminar series (see Alumni of the University of Zurich’s Pre-Doc program have subsequently gone on to many prestigious PhD programs in Europe and the United States.

Complete applications including motivation letter, CV, and academic transcripts should be uploaded via this application link. Applicants should also arrange for two reference letters, ideally written by supervisors of past research-related activities. The screening of applications will start on April 22, 2024. If you have questions please contact

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