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Student Assistant for Global History and Digital Humanities in Zürich

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20%, Zurich, fixed-term

Project background

The position is to assist Dr. Tomás Bartoletti in the fields of the history of science and empire, the history of capitalism and environmental history. His current research projects focus on the history of pest control and commodity frontiers in the Global South, c. 1880-​1930; and the history of Swiss science in Latin America during the 19th century. In these projects, Tomás explores the methodological intersections of material culture and transdisciplinary research, while integrating comprehensively indigenous perspectives. A detailed description of Bartoletti’s projects can be found .

Job description

You will assist Dr. Tomás Bartoletti and his team in the following tasks: Processing Archival Research: Search, order and analysis of primary sources. Practice in transcription is welcome, especially Transkribus. Exploring Library Research: Search of secondary literature and organizing bibliographical data base. Use of Zotero will be necessary. Analysis and georeferencing of historical maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Organizing academic events and assisting in administrative tasks.Team: In weekly meetings, we discuss the progress of the project and brainstorm the next steps. We have a friendly work environment where bringing in one’s own ideas is encouraged. Possible Extension: Spinoff-Master Thesis are also welcome.

You can start as soon as possible. We encourage students from study programs of History and Philosophy of Knowledge. You must be willing to work 8h/week on average during the semester. It is possible to work more during the semester breaks (to be arranged). We handle working time flexibly so that you can take time to prepare for exams or fulfill other study obligations, while coordinating with the team when tasks need to be completed. Ideally, we are looking for individuals who can stay employed as a student assistant for at least one year (e.g., while taking courses for their Bachelor's or Master's degree), or possibly longer.


Your profile
  • Digital Humanities tools (Zotero, Transkribus, QGIS or ArcGIS)
  • Ability to effectively manage primary sources in different languages
  • Excellent command of English
  • Command of German, Italian and French is a plus
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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 , 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 with the following documents (in English):

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Motivational Letter

Application deadline: 15 November 2023

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about our Professorship can be found on our . Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Administration Office: Mrs Miu Woodrow, Tel 044 632 62 82  or email miu.woodrow@gmw.gmw.gess.ethz.ch, (no applications).

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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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