Research / Teaching Assistant (50%)

University of St. Gallen, Institut for Political Science

The Institute of Political Science (IPW) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) seeks to fill the position of a
Research/Teaching Assistant (50%) with a future Ph.D. candidate, starting immediately or by agreement.

Research Focus
Research/Teaching assistants are expected to develop their own research project, broadly addressing questions on European Collective Security and Defense Strategies in the 21st century, German Foreign Policy in the context of varying conduct of rising powers, or theoretical implications of changes in the global security architecture.

Area of responsibility
In addition to completing a doctoral dissertation, the successful candidate will support the research, teaching, and consulting activities of the Chair of International Relations (Prof. James W. Davis, Ph.D.).


  • University Degree (M.A., Diplom, Magister, or equivalent) in Political Science/International Relations or a related discipline (with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 for graduates of Swiss institutions, or 2.0 for German degrees, or the equivalent of respective third countries).
  • General expertise in International Relations Theories and a related field of specialization (Security Studies, IO, IPE, etc.).
  • Excellent written and spoken German and English language skills.

What we offer:

A multifaceted position in an internationally active institute at a renowned university.

For additional information please contact Prof. James W. Davis ( ).Applications consisting of a CV, a letter of motivation, transcripts with grades, a short exposé (ca. 3 pages) of a possible dissertation topic, and the names of two references should be submitted online to Edith Hollenstein  (

The University of St. Gallen is committed to enhancing gender diversity in the faculty. Applications from women are particularly welcome. Information on the Institute of Political Science can be found at: