Two positions as doctoral researchers in Comparative Politics at St. Gallen

The research group of Comparative Politics held by Prof. Tina Freyburg [] at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of St. Gallen invites highly motivated researchers to apply for two positions as doctoral researchers in Comparative Politics.

The positions offer the possibility to write a Ph.D. thesis in a young and strongly research-oriented department. Successful candidates will benefit from the excellent research conditions and a stimulating academic environment at the School of Economics and Political Sciences. The positions start in August/ September 2015 and are for a period of up to 4 years contingent on research productivity, teaching quality, and continued substantive fit. The work location is at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). The salary aligns with the directives of the University of St. Gallen and amounts to about 43,000 CHF in the first year.

Successful candidates are expected to pursue own research interests and produce outstanding scholarship with publications in top journals and presses. While devoting most of the time to working on their Ph.D. thesis, they will contribute to the research and teaching activities of the chair. Precisely, the tasks include:

– Writing a Ph.D. dissertation based on the candidate’s own research interests in the broad area of Comparative Politics.

– Teaching undergraduate seminars or introductory courses in English or German (approx. 2h/weeks throughout the semester), advising students, preparing and marking examinations, and occasional administrative tasks.

– Participation in the Department’s activities and the Ph.D. Programme in International Affairs and Governance at the University of St. Gallen.

– Participation in methodological summer schools, departmental seminars, scholarly conferences and scientific networks.

The successful candidates have acquired (or are about to complete) a MA/MSc degree in political science, public administration or in a related social science discipline with excellent grades. Candidates must possess analytical skills and a thorough understanding of modern political science theories (with a focus on comparative politics), proven quantitative and/or qualitative methodological qualifications (ideally but not essentially in survey experiments and/or network analysis), and very good writing skills. We value candidates with the ability and motivation to work in team but also with the intellectual independence to conduct their own research. The successful candidates should have keen interest in enhancing their research competence (including methods training) through close collaboration with colleagues in an international research environment. They must have the ability to work fluently in English; good command of the German language is an asset.

Applications for the position should be sent by email to Prof. Tina Freyburg [], possibly as one PDF-attachment, no later than 31 May 2015. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview on 23/24 June 2015.

Please include a motivation letter and CV, transcripts, research statement (2 pages), one significant writing sample (e.g., MA/term paper), and the contact details of two academic references. Please do not hesitate to direct informal inquiries to Prof. Tina Freyburg [].

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