Two PhD Positions in Conflict Management in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Research group in Conflict Management hosts a 5-year SNSF-funded project that aims to examine how effective peacekeeping missions are in contributing to the resolution of intra-state and non-state conflicts. The project looks at both the military and diplomatic functions of peacekeeping staff.

Project background

Our research is theory-driven, empirically grounded, and broad in terms of methodology. We focus on the impact of peace mediation and peacekeeping operations on the termination and resolution of armed conflicts. We examine intrastate armed conflicts between government forces and rebel groups, as well as more locally-driven non-state conflicts between organized armed groups or communal groups.

We draw on approaches from political science, international relations, peace and conflict studies, security and strategic studies, and political economy. We use quantitative methods, qualitative methods, or in some cases a mix of both.

Job description

You will be expected to develop your own PhD research project in the field of Conflict Management, focusing preferably on peace mediation and/or peacekeeping operations.

Your profile
  • You possess excellent English language skills, high-level analytical and writing skills, and a well-organized working style. 
  • Applications from candidates that have previously written seminar papers or a MA thesis on mediation, negotiations, peacekeeping, peace processes, or similar topics are particularly welcome.
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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

We value diversity
In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.
Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents by 28 February 2023:

  • a letter of interest explaining the skills and motivation you would bring to the post
  • a CV
  • a research proposal (max. 4 pages)
  • one or two single-authored writing samples (e.g. a seminar paper, MA thesis, or academic article)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
The starting date of this position is flexible depending on when you finish your MA degree, but preferably you would be able to start sometime in the summer of 2023.

For further inquiries, please contact Dr Allard Duursma, at  (no application documents).

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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