Department of Economics

Pre-Doc Position in the Department of Economics
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David Yanagizawa-Drott is seeking highly skilled and motivated students to join a two-year pre-doctoral program in the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.
Successful applicants will be based in Zurich with travel in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Tanzania) and will work with Professor Yanagizawa-Drott and his team on various topics related to applied microeconomics and development economics.

Your responsibilities

The UZH Department of Economics has a well-developed pre-doctoral program, and successful applicants will join a cohort of approximately 20 colleagues. We encourage our pre-doctoral fellows to take classes while they are at UZH and participate in the various economics seminars happening across campus. The pre-doctoral fellowship serves as a strong steppingstone to doctoral studies.

Your profile

The positions are well-suited for BA or Master's program graduates who want to gain research experience before entering a PhD program and are willing to spent an extensive amount of time in the field in Ghana, Tanzania and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants from outside the EU should have a minimum Master's degree. Preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative background, statistical skills (STATA, R), experience in computer programming (Python) and AI (LLMs). Experience working in developing countries is an advantage, but not a requirement.


What we offer

Place of work

The position is based in Switzerland, Zurich, with regular travel to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Start of employment

The preferred start date is 1st July 2024, but we can accommodate earlier or later start dates. The applicant must be willing to commit to a two-year position.

Applications should be submitted via the UZH jobs portal. You should submit the following documents in .pdf format:
1. A cover letter outlining your interest, available start dates, familiarity with programming languages, prior research experience and experience working in developing countries.
2. An up-to-date CV.
3. Contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) of two referees.
4. Further Documents: A writing sample (your thesis or a course assignment) together with your transcript and a coding sample in one pdf.

Due to a high volume of applications received, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding the status of their application.

For further information about our research and the Department of Economics please see David Yanagizawa-Drott and
Social Catalyst Lab.

Further information