Saturday, August 16, 2008

PhD Studentships in Economics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

PhD Student in Economics
The chair of “Macroeconomics: Innovation and Policy” has a job opening for a PhDposition.

We are interested in candidates who have completed the equivalent of a Masters degree and whose interests coincide with ongoing research at our chair. We employ and develop macroeconomic, strategic and cooperative thinking to analyze short- and long-term economic and political problems.

We suggest improvements, develop policy guidelines and design new institutions aimed at fostering the common welfare. Our?research can be subdivided into three areas:

* Area M: Macroeconomic Thinking and Economic Policy,
* Area I: Innovation, the Engines of Growth and Long-term Well-being,
* Area P: Design of New Organizations/Institutions and their Foundations.

Our chair is part of the CER-ETH (Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich), which belongs to the Department of Management, Technology and Economics. The PhDposition we currently offer is planned for research topics of area P. As a PhD student in a leading research institute integrated in the ETH Zurich, you will conduct academic and policy-relevant economic research in an inspiring environment.

The PhD student will work under the supervision of Professor Hans Gersbach and other members of the faculty. Good writing skills and computing skills are essential. The main focus of the position will be on conceptual and theoretical research. The appointment includes opportunities for teaching related to the candidate’s field of interest. Fluent knowledge of English is mandatory. Master degrees in mathematics, physics or engineering sciences are welcome.

The appointment includes the opportunity to write a dissertation in the candidate’s field of interest. A PhD thesis is to be completed within three to four years. The salary will be in accordance with the regulations of the ETH Zurich. Applicants unfamiliar with ETH are encouraged to read the “Survival Guide - Handbook for Ph.D. Students at ETH Zurich”,

Applicants must submit a letter describing their background and interests, a curriculum vitae, contact information for two academic references and a sample research paper (or their master thesis) in electronic (PDF) format to mbuser[ at ] In addition, university transcripts should be sent to our office manager Margrit Buser, Chair of Macroeconomics: Innovation and Policy, ETH Zurich, Zürichbergstrasse 18, 8092 Zurich, SWITZERLAND.

First consideration will be given to applications submitted by 15 August 2008, but applications will continue to be considered until the job advertisement is withdrawn from our homepage,