Postdoc in Political Science

ETH Zurich


Postdoc Positions in Political Science 

The European Politics Research Group (Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig) at ETH Zurich invites applications for 1-2 doctoral and/or 1-2 postdoctoral researcher positions. The positions are for three years (with some flexibility) and to be filled as soon as possible.

Project background

The positions are connected to our current research focus on boundary formation, border politics, and polity building in Europe. They are funded by an ongoing ERC-Advanced Grant project (EUROBORD, and an upcoming research project on "Reconfiguring the EU's External Boundaries".

Job description

The research tasks include: data collection and analysis on European Union boundary rules and resources; quantitative studies of boundary change in the European Union; and comparative case studies of boundary reconfiguration in response to boundary shocks and crises. The positions leave room for independent research in the thematic domain of the projects.

Your profile

  • You have a master's degree (PhD positions) or a doctorate (Postdoc positions) in political science or a related discipline
  • A background in the study of the European Union, borders, and/or political development is an asset
  • During your studies/PhD research, you have acquired strong methodological skills (qualitative and/or quantitative)
  • You enjoy teamwork and scientific collaboration
  • In our international environment, you can easily communicate in English verbally and in writing

We offer

  • a vibrant international research team at the forefront of European politics research
  • an excellent research environment at a leading university and major hub in European political science (the Center for Comparative and International Studies of ETH and the University of Zurich)
  • opportunities for further training in social science methods
  • support for research and conference travel
  • competitive salaries in accordance with ETH's remuneration regulations
  • a family-friendly, flexible, and cooperative working environment

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV and publication list
  • Writing sample
  • Copies of degree certificate(s)
  • Contact details of two people willing to serve as academic references

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. 

Further information about the research group can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig at (no applications)

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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