Posted on: 19 July, 2019
Application deadline: September 1, 2019

PhD student in Participatory Urban Governance, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting- edge research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice.

PhD student in Participatory Urban Governance

The newly established research team in “Spatial Development and Urban Policy” is developing a research agenda in participatory urban governance that studies citizens’ preferences of large-scale urban infrastructure projects via survey research. The realization of large urban infrastructure projects is necessary to achieve long-term planning goals, yet such projects are frequently contested by citizens and they should meet democratic principles such as citizen participation, transparency and legitimacy.

We offer a PhD position (conditional on approval of the PhD proposal by the end of the first year) in a highly dynamic team and a stimulating intellectual environment. The position is funded for 3-4 years (which is the average time for completing a doctoral degree at ETH Zurich). Requirements:

  1. Completed Master degree in political science, public policy/public administration, urban planning/spatial planning or related disciplines;
  2. Interest in urban governance, participation and survey research;
  3. Good knowledge of quantitative methods as well as an interest in further developing methodological skills. Experience in survey research is an asset;
  4. Ability to work both independently and in a team;
  5. Motivation to pursue an academic career;
  6. Good command of written and spoken English, command of German is an asset (the empirical work will be largely in German, publication output will be in English).

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted via the following link: https://emea2.softfactors.com/job-opening/rgum-CVIMy1EIStgID8oaR1#/?lang=en.

Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Application should include

  • your letter of interest,
  • CV,
  • academic transcripts,
  • a writing sample (e.g. Master thesis or seminar paper),
  • and the contact details of two people willing to serve as a reference.

Selection will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The starting date for the position is as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your online application until September 1, 2019.

Further inquiries can be directed to Mr. Marko Jovanovic at jmarko@ethz.ch (no applications).

PhD student in Participatory Urban Governance