Department of Economics

Predoctoral Fellow in Economics
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The Department of Economics at the University of Zurich, a leading European research department, representing a wide range of research interests in all areas of economics, invites applicants for the position of a pre-doctoral research fellow in Economics.

The predoctoral fellow receives an appointment of one to two years and will work closely with Prof. Ferrari on several projects on Firm behavior and supply chains fragility.

Your responsibilities

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in carrying out and developing cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research.

We expect to involve the candidate in different stages of research, including brainstorming, literature reviews, empirical design, model building, data processing, data analysis, data visualization and writing.

Your profile

The candidate must possess (at the time of starting) a Bachelor's or Master's degree with excellent grades in Economics or another quantitative field (such as, but not limited to, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics).

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. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.

Candidates need experience with Stata and Matlab/Python/Julia. Knowledge of other statistical programs such as R is welcome.
Candidates also need some experience in solving theoretical models of firm behavior. This can be demonstrated by successful performance in Master level courses such as Trade or Industrial Organization.

Very good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of German is not required.

What we offer

This position offers a range of on-the-job learning opportunities and mentoring from a faculty supervisor in an inspiring and interdisciplinary academic environment. The predoctoral fellow will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of international researchers.

The predoctoral position is a full-time commitment, combines research work with learning activities, and is ideal for a recent graduate who is interested in going on to do a PhD in Economics.

Place of work

Schönberggasse 1, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Employment start date: earliest July 2024, latest October 2024. Flexible start.
Length of commitment: The appointment will be for one year and can be extended by an additional year.

Please submit your application by February 15th, 2024 (including motivation letter, CV, academic transcripts).

Complete applications should be submitted via the UZH job portal.
The screening of applications will start on February 15th, 2024.

Further information