The department of Indian Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (IAOS) is concerned with social, cultural, and politico-economic developments in the Indian subcontinent from ancient times to the present. In our Modern India/South Asia focus we focus on processes of social and religious transformation across the region, and how these are reflected in politics. More specific areas of interest include among others, caste, kinship and gender, politics and civil society, bureaucracy, religion and politics, the environment, labour, and welfare schemes (healthcare, pensions, right to work, etc.), and both regional and international migration.
As a Post-doc at our department you will
develop an independent research project
assist with the organisation of workshops and conferences, departmental administrative tasks, and university partnerships in India.
actively participate in research colloquiums and in the broader activities of the department and the Institute
offer attractive courses at BA and MA level
You need a PhD in Indian/South Asian studies, or a PhD with a South Asia focus from disciplines such as social/cultural anthropology, human or political geography, modern Indian/South Asian history, development studies, or political science. Moreover, candidates should be in a position to develop their research in new directions. Some teaching and administrative experience is desirable, and German language skills would be an asset.
What we offer
The postdoctoral position is initially limited to a three-year period, with extension possible up to a total of nine years. We also offer you the extensive academic infrastructure of both the department of Indian studies and of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (IAOS): the largest center of research and teaching on Asia in Switzerland. Candidates will have the opportunity exchange ideas with other researchers working on modern and classical South Asia/India as well as with others within the departments of Islamic Studies, Gender Studies, Japanese Studies, and Chinese studies. The University of Zürich, with its eight faculties, also offers students many opportunities to connect with researchers in several other disciplines, and to participate in guest lectures by distinguished speakers. Beyond the university, Zürich is an attractive international city in the centre of Europe with a vibrant cultural scene and with a variety of outdoor activities on offer.
Place of work
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies Department of Indian Studies Raemistrasse 59 8001 Zürich
Start of employment
The positions are available from the 1st of February 2022. Applications will be accepted until the 20th of December 2021.
The application should consist of a single PDF document containing
a cover letter with a brief description of your earliest possible starting date, your background, academic interests, motivation, and particular skills that you would like to highlight
a two to three page outline of your proposed area of research