Predoctoral Fellow in Economics

Feb 15, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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The Department of Economics at the University of Zurich, a leading European research department, representing a wide range of research interests in all areas of economics, invites applicants for the position of a predoctoral research fellow in Economics.The predoctoral fellow receives an appointment of one to two years and will work closely with Prof. Lorenzo Casaburi on several projects on agricultural markets and finance in Sub-Saharan Africa. The projects build on field experiments and on the analysis of administrative databases.

Your responsibilities

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in carrying out and developing cutting-edge empirical research.We expect to involve the candidate in different stages of research, including brainstorming, literature reviews, field experiment design and supervision, model building, data processing, data analysis, data visualization and writing.

Your profile

The candidate must possess (at the time of starting) a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with excellent grades in Economics or another quantitative field (such as, but not limited to, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics).We are looking for a person who enjoys independent problem-solving and thrives on taking high-level directional advice and then running with this advice as far as possible. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.Candidates need experience with Stata. Knowledge of other statistical programs such as R or Python is welcome. Experience with GIS or QGIS is an asset.Very good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of German is not required.

What we offer

This position offers a range of on-the-job learning opportunities and mentoring from faculty supervisor in an inspiring and interdisciplinary academic environment. The predoctoral fellow will join a dynamic and inter-disciplinary team of international researchers.The predoctoral position is a full-time commitment, combines research work with learning activities and is ideal for a recent graduate who is interested in going on to do a PhD in Economics.

Place of work

Schönberggasse 1, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Employment start date: earliest May 1, 2023, latest September 1, 2023.Length of commitment: The appointment will be for one year and can be extended by an additional year. The end of this position is in summer/fall 2024.Please submit your application by February 15, 2023 (including motivation letter, CV, academic transcripts, and at least two letters of references). We review applications on an ongoing basis.Complete applications including motivation letter, CV and academic transcripts should be sent via our job portal Letters of reference can be sent separately to Natascha Bär (, but please note that your application will not be considered until we receive all required documents (including letters of references). If letters of references are sent separately, the subject line of your email must follow the following format: Letter of reference– Casaburi – First Name Second Name (E.g., Letter of reference – Casaburi – John Smith).

Further information

Natascha Bär