PhD Student in Organizational economics and governance


The University of Lausanne is a leading academic institution composed of seven schools, which educates approximately 14,300 students, and employs 3,900 among professors, other researchers, and collaborators.  Situated along the idyllic Lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, the university brings together students and faculty from over 120 nationalities. HEC Lausanne, Unil’s School of Economics and Management, is renowned for its research and teaching excellence, consistently ranking among the top institutions in Europe by scientific publications, as well as the quality of its academic programs.

The Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society

The Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society (SGS) of the School of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne provides a stimulating, interdisciplinary research environment. We value the diversity of the expertise of the members of the department as well as the diversity of the departments at the School. We have a collegial atmosphere that makes it easy for us to carry out our research. Members of the Department have published in leading outlets such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, The Management Science, Administrative Science quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management Studies, etc.

Job information

Expected start date: February 1st, 2023 or mutually agreed date Contract duration: The initial contract is one year. The contract is twice renewable for two years (max. funding period is five years) Place of work: University of Lausanne, School of Business and Economics, (HEC), Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society (SGS) Type of position: Full time position Salary: Please follow this link and look under ” Assistants diplômés” Supervisor: Prof. Giorgio Zanarone

Your responsibilities

  • As a PHD student, you must be accepted and enrolled in the Doctoral School in Management or Economics at HEC Lausanne within your first year of contract. As such, at least 50% of your time will be dedicated to completion of the doctoral studies and thesis.
  • In addition to completion of the doctoral courses and thesis, your position will involve teaching and administrative duties for the School and department, and research support for your thesis supervisor.

Your qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position should have the following skills and interests:
  • A Master’s degree in Economics or Management
  • Fluency in English
  • An interest in governance, contracting, cooperative strategy, and organization design
  • Strong quantitative skills with an interest in either game-theoretic modeling or empirical methods (experiments, field experiments and RCTs, microeconometrics)

What the position offers you

We offer an outstanding research environment in a multicultural, diverse, and dynamic academic setting. The scientific rigor of our doctoral program, our weekly research seminars hosting leading scholars from all over the world, the continuous interaction with our distinguished research faculty, and the collegial and interdisciplinary nature of our School will provide you with strong research skills and excellent opportunities for your academic and professional training and growth.

Contact for further information

For any information related to the research content of this position please contact Prof. Giorgio Zanarone: For any administrative information related to your application, please contact Mrs Pavla Le Moing:

Your application

Please, send the following documents in pdf format:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Research Proposal (guidelines)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copies of university diplomas and degrees; transcripts (indicating marks/grades achieved)
  • Copy of your MSc thesis or other research project

Additional information

Information about the Faculty of Business and Economics is available here: Information on the Department of Strategy, Globalisation and Society (SGS) is available here: Information about the doctoral program in Economics is available here: Information on the doctoral program in Management is available here: Information about Prof. Giorgio Zanarone is available here: UNIL is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. UNIL supports early career researchers.