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Doctoral Students in Environmental Politics – Urban Air Pollution Policy in Lower Income Countries in Zürich

Studierende finden an der ETH Zürich ein Umfeld, das eigenständiges Denken fördert, Forschende ein Klima, das zu Spitzenleistungen inspiriert.


100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The International Political Economy and Environmental Politics led by Professor Thomas Bernauer is offering two fully funded positions for Doctoral Students in Environmental Politics.

Job description

The International Political Economy and Environmental Politics is based both at the Center for Comparative and International Studies () and the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (). Its research and teaching focuses primarily on the role of governments, civil society, industry, citizens, and consumers in providing solutions to environmental problems. The two new doctoral students will contribute to a project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, that focuses on identifying, characterizing, and explaining urban air quality monitoring activities throughout the Global South, and on studying public support for urban air pollution policies in lower income contexts more broadly.

Your profile

The successful candidates should hold a research-based Master degree in Political Science, Political Economy, Economics, Sociology, or environmental sciences, and be familiar with Political Science/ Political Economy theories.  They should have strong skills in quantitative empirical methods, and preferably have experience with survey and experimental methodologies. An excellent command of English is essential. The preferred starting date is 12/2023 or 1/2024. The funding is for up to four years.

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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.

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In line with , 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:

  • a one-page letter outlining your motivation, skills, and how you could contribute to the research project mentioned
  • your CV
  • two writing samples (e.g., parts of your Master thesis, research papers)
  • and your Bachelor and Master level study transcripts

We only accept applications submitted through the ETH online application portal. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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