Junior Researcher in Quantitative Social Science

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Immigration Policy Lab and the KOF - Swiss Economic Institute are looking for a Junior Researcher in Quantitative Social Science (1-2-year fixed term).

Project background

Your position is part of a large-scale interdisciplinary research project at the intersection of cognitive behavioural therapy and refugee integration policy. In a large-scale randomized controlled trial, we test an augmented form of a WHO-approved psychological intervention and analyze if and how it can improve the mental health and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Switzerland. 

Job description

Your primary tasks will be to support the coordination, collection and management of all project data. This data includes survey data assessing mental health and various dimensions of integration as well as register data from health insurance companies and the Swiss federal government. To do so, you will collaborate closely with the project's core team as well as various stakeholders who contribute data to the project.

Your profile

  • Completed master’s degree (or close to graduation*) in a social science field such as economics, political science, or similar
  • Excellent planning and coordination skills
  • Solid foundations in statistics 
  • Proficiency in the statistical software package R and/or Stata
  • Prior experience with data cleaning and management 
  • Fluency in German and English (French is a plus) 
  • Very good communication skills to engage with various stakeholders

*Applicants without a completed master’s degree need to be enrolled at a Swiss University. 

Your workplace

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We offer

  • Hands-on experience in a highly interdisciplinary social science research project aiming at empowering refugees and asylum seekers in Switzerland. You will be involved and can develop your skills in: 
    • Collection of large scale administrative and survey data 
    • Contract negotiation
    • Survey design and implementation
    • Monitoring survey operations
    • Managing, cleaning and creating raw data sets 
    • Econometric analysis
  • Professional supervision by experienced researchers
  • Salary and pension benefits according to ETH regulation
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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a cover letter
  • CV
  • study transcripts
  • two writing samples (ideally one in English and one in German)

Only applications submitted through our online application portal are accepted. Applications review will begin on October 17, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

For further information about the position please contact Philip Grech (Executive Director Immigration Policy Lab; philip.grech@gess.ethz.ch). For more information on the Immigration Policy Lab and the KOF Swiss Economic, please visit our websites at https://immigrationlab.org and https://kof.ethz.ch/en/.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a cover letter
  • CV
  • study transcripts
  • two writing samples (ideally one in English and one in German)

Only applications submitted through our online application portal are accepted. Applications review will begin on October 17, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

For further information about the position please contact Philip Grech (Executive Director Immigration Policy Lab; philip.grech@gess.ethz.ch). For more information on the Immigration Policy Lab and the KOF Swiss Economic, please visit our websites at https://immigrationlab.org and https://kof.ethz.ch/en/.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.