PhD student in the Swiss Mobility Lab

Institute of Science, Technology and Policy at ETH Zurich

The Institute of Science, Technology and Policy at ETH Zurich is dedicated to supporting public policy-making processes by educating future policy analysts and decision-makers, supporting innovative trans-disciplinary research collaborations, and promoting exchange between scientists, policy-makers, and society. For the Project of the ISTP Research Incubator Program we are offering a fully funded position for a PhD student in the Swiss Mobility Lab

The interdisciplinary research team, in which the new doctoral student will be embedded, includes several other doctoral students, a postdoc, and several professors from the social sciences and engineering ( The research to be undertaken by the new doctoral student will use survey embedded experiments and field experiments to examine preferences and behaviour in Switzerland with respect to more fuel efficient and electric cars. The main supervisor for this doctoral dissertation will be Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer.

The successful candidate should hold a Master degree in political science, political economy, economics, sociology, or social psychology and be familiar with survey and experimental methods, and with statistics. The candidate should be fluent in German and English (the empirical work will be entirely in German, scientific publication output will be in English). The position will start in September 2017, the funding is for 3-4 years (which is the average time for completing a doctoral degree at ETH Zurich).

We look forward to receiving your online application including a one-page letter outlining your motivation and skills, as well as a CV, two writing samples (e.g., parts of your Master thesis, research papers), and your Bachelor and Master level study transcripts – all in one single pdf-file. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Should you run into difficulties when submitting your application please send an email to for advice. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

For further information about the institute please visit our website . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer, by email (no applications).