PhD Position with Prof. Jonathan Slapin, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich

The Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich ( invites applications for a PhD position in the research group of Professor Jonathan Slapin, Professor of Political Institutions and European Politics.


  • Participation in the Department’s doctoral program, which offers advanced methodological and substantive training as well as professional development.
  • Development and conduct of own PhD project in the field of comparative political institutions, broadly defined. Preference given to applicants wishing to focus on parliaments, parties, legislative behavior, or European politics, and with a background in quantitative methods skills, but other areas/projects also considered.
  • To teach on his or her own and/or co-teach with Prof. Slapin.


  • MA degree in political science or closely related discipline
  • Interest in political institutions, democratic governance, parties, legislative behavior, European integration, or other substantive and methodological topics that fit with the research conducted at the chair.
  • Excellent knowledge of quantitative methods as well as an interest in further developing methodological skills
  • Motivation to pursue an academic career
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team

Language requirements

  • Excellent English, German

We offer

  • Excellent working environment
  • Strong substantive and methodological training
  • Excellent research support

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The starting date for the position is September 1, 2020.

Conditional on approval of the PhD proposal by the end of the first year, funding is guaranteed for four years total, with a gross annual salary of approximately 53,000 CHF.

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Please fill out the form and add it to your application documents:

Further information

Further informal inquiries can be directed to Prof. Jonathan Slapin ( Please send your application electronically as one PDF-file comprising your letter of interest, CV, transcripts, a writing sample (e.g. Master thesis), a 3-4 page research plan for your PhD, and the contact details of two people willing to serve as a reference to this email address: and indicate that your application refers to this particular position with the keyword “PhD Slapin”.

Closing date for applications

The deadline for applications is March 9, 2020.