PhD Students in Computational Science

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

Computational Science Zurich (CSZ), a joint initiative of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich is welcoming applications for PhD Students. The available positions are offered by the 41 members of CSZ and entail highly interdisciplinary research at the interface of computing and all areas of sciences and engineering.

Job description

The positions involve research in the broad field of Computational Science at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. You will develop and implement computational methods to solve challenging scientific and engineering problems in areas ranging from cosmology, earth sciences and aerodynamics, to social, financial and life sciences. Areas of research in computing include numerical methods, high-performance computing, machine learning, big data analytics, imaging and quantum computing.

Your profile

  • You have a degree in any area of engineering and the natural sciences as well as mathematics and computer science.
  • A solid background in mathematics and computing fundamentals is highly desirable.
  • We seek highly motivated individuals that enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment to solve challenging problems.
  • A very good command of English (Level C1) is required and a willingness to learn German is preferred. 

Your workplace

Your workplace




We offer

You will enjoy a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, providing unique opportunities to develop a strong interdisciplinary portfolio in computational sciences with a multitude of career opportunities.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application by January 15, 2023 including:

  • a letter of motivation (1-2 pages
  • indicate the field(s) and research groups or projects of interest)
  • CV
  • diploma(s)

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

You will be invited for an interview in mid-February (shortlist decision end of February) and to meet your preferred supervisor(s) in early April (final decision mid-April). Upon acceptance to the program, the PhD candidates will enrol at ETH Zurich or the University of Zurich, according to the affiliation of their supervisor.

Further information about Computational Science Zurich (CSZ) can be found on our website. For questions about the position, please contact Mrs Susanne Lewis by email csz_coordinator@ethz.ch (no applications).

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 by January 15, 2023 including:

  • a letter of motivation (1-2 pages
  • indicate the field(s) and research groups or projects of interest)
  • CV
  • diploma(s)

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

You will be invited for an interview in mid-February (shortlist decision end of February) and to meet your preferred supervisor(s) in early April (final decision mid-April). Upon acceptance to the program, the PhD candidates will enrol at ETH Zurich or the University of Zurich, according to the affiliation of their supervisor.

Further information about Computational Science Zurich (CSZ) can be found on our website. For questions about the position, please contact Mrs Susanne Lewis by email csz_coordinator@ethz.ch (no applications).

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.