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Behavioral Research on Innovation and Intellectual Property: Postdoc, PhD student, or Research Fellow

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Center for Law & Economics ( at ETH Zurich has approximately 60 group members from law, economics, political science and computer science. At the Center, Professor Stefan Bechtold invites applications for a Postdoc, PhD student, or Research Fellow in Behavioral Research on Innovation and Intellectual Property.

Job description

We are looking for an ambitious, highly motivated postdoc, Ph.D. student or research fellow who wants to apply experimental methods (lab, internet, field) to issues of innovation and/or intellectual property (copyright, patent, trademark, design, trade secret protection). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to co-author papers with colleagues from the Center for Law & Economics, engage with faculty from across ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, and pursue her/his own research agenda in a highly research-focused environment. If the successful candidate is a Ph.D. student, she/he will write a paper-based dissertation in English which will make a contribution to the international law & economics discourse on innovation & intellectual property.

At our Center for Law & Economics, researchers can conduct internationally oriented fundamental research as part of a highly motivated team at a leading research university. We offer an interdisciplinary environment, close interaction, and excellent contacts with leading scholars at U.S. universities. Our Center organizes various seminar series and conferences which enable our group members to meet internationally leading researchers from all areas of law & economics on a regular basis. Our broad international network offers attractive career prospects.

We offer excellent working conditions and an internationally competitive salary (paid according to ETH standards). Teaching and administrative duties are limited. We provide support for attending international conferences and workshops, and for research stays abroad. Our offices are located in downtown Zurich, and the working language is English. The initial appointment will be for one or two years and can be renewed. The starting date is flexible.

Your profile

The ideal candidate for this position will have a master's or Ph.D. degree in law, economics, psychology or a related discipline, with excellent grades. Postdocs and research fellows must have a background and experience with experimental social science research methods (lab, Internet, and/or field). PhD students must have had some exposure to empirical and/or experimental social science research methods. 

ETH Zurich

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.
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We look forward to receiving your online application, until January 31, 2021, with the following documents:

  • Cover letter, describing your motivation to apply, your research interests concerning innovation/intellectual property, and your exposure to experimental methods
  • CV
  • Graduate school transcripts

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information, please visit and For specific questions, please contact Professor Stefan Bechtold (, no applications).

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