Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Pre-Doctoral Fellow – Full-Time Research Assistant Economics of Child and Youth Development
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The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development is a scientific center at the University of Zurich focused on youth development. The Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Foundation. We are dedicated to interdisciplinary, developmental research that will ultimately improve the lives of young people. Our researchers come from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology. We also collaborate with scientists from additional disciplines in our efforts to best understand the first decades of life.

Your responsibilities

We are looking for multiple full-time research assistants to work on projects in the field of economics of child and youth development under the supervision of Teodora Boneva, Ana Costa-Ramón, and Ulf Zölitz at the University of Zurich. Currently ongoing projects are in the field of behavioral economics, health economics, labor economics, and economics of education. Projects study education policy, peer effects, child health and development, gender inequality, as well as the causes and consequences of early childhood investments.

Your profile

The position would be ideal for a recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field. The position offers the possibility to acquire many skills necessary to conduct independent research in applied micro-economics. The candidate must possess (at the time of starting) a Master's or Bachelor's degree with excellent grades in Economics or another quantitative field, as well as good knowledge of Stata.

We are looking for a person who enjoys independent problem-solving and thrives on taking high-level directional advice and then running with this advice as far as possible. The ideal candidate has a desire to understand the social world around them and possesses a thirst for answering research questions about how the social environment affects individuals.

What we offer

The position is based in Zurich, Switzerland, where the research assistant will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of international pre-docs, PhD students, and post-docs. The research assistant will work on different projects that may involve data collection through surveys, the analysis of large-scale register data, analysis of experimental data, and involvement in the design and execution of field experiments. The appointment will be for one year and may be extended by one additional year. The annual salary is competitive.

We expect to involve the candidate in all stages of research – brainstorming, literature reviews, data analysis in Stata, data processing, data visualization, and writing. The successful candidate will contribute centrally to the data work of the projects.

Place of work


Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed. Please submit your application by January 31, 2021.

Applications include a cover letter, a CV, transcript of grades, one letter of recommendation, and a writing sample (optional) and should be sent to Ana Brás. Writing samples are optional and can for example be a research paper, a bachelor or master thesis. The letter of recommendation should be directly sent by your reference via email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We will start reviewing the applications on January 15, 2021.

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