Department of Political Science
Head of Research Area “International Security, Peace & Conflict”
The Department of Political Science (IPZ) at the University of Zurich
invites applications for a Head of Research Area “International Security,
Peace & Conflict” (80%) to lead the IPZ's research area “International
Security, Peace & Conflict.” The position will become permanent, conditional
on a successful evaluation after the first two years of employment.
The successful candidate will be responsible for research and teaching in the
fields of international security, peace, and conflict and is encouraged to
build up a research group using third-party funding. Applicants should
demonstrate the potential to develop an internationally recognized research
track record in international relations, with a focus on international
security, peace and conflict. Within this broader thematic area, specialized
attention might be given to issues such as interstate conflict, international
organizations, crisis bargaining, peace missions, international cooperation
and conflict in the security realm, foreign policy analysis, or geopolitical
developments. We also welcome applicants with a research focus on intrastate
conflict with a clear international dimension.
Applicants should hold a PhD degree in political science, international
relations or in a related field at the time of application and have a strong
record of academic achievements in the relevant areas. Teaching may be carried
out in English, but knowledge of German is an asset. The University of Zurich
is an equal opportunities employer and strives to increase the percentage of
women in leading positions. Therefore, qualified female researchers are
encouraged to apply.
What we offer
The University of Zurich offers a dynamic and collaborative work environment
with an international orientation, as well as generous support for research
and teaching activities. The position comes with a research budget of 3000
CHF/year. In addition, the holder of the position is eligible to apply for
Swiss National Science Foundation funding, as well as many other grant
programs in Switzerland and abroad. The teaching load is 4 hours per semester
plus advising. The salary is approximately 90.000CHF/year and can be increased
in return for additional teaching.
Place of work
Affolternstrasse 56, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland
Start of employment
The start date is flexible between 1 October 2022 and 1 February 2023.
Review of applications will begin after June 6, 2022. Interviews will be held
in late June/early July.
Please send your application electronically as one pdf-file comprising your
motivation letter, CV, publication list, transcripts, teaching evaluations
(if available), and the names of at least two references.