PhD Position in Educational Inequalities
University of Zurich Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Two PhD Positions in a Research Project on Educational Inequalities (4 years each)
60 %

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development is a scientific center at the University of Zurich focused on youth development. The Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Foundation. We are dedicated to interdisciplinary, developmental research that will ultimately improve the lives of young people. Our researchers come from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology. We also collaborate with scientists from additional disciplines in our efforts to best understand the first decades of life.

Your responsibilities

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development of the University of Zurich seeks two predoctoral researchers for the project "Understanding social gradients in education: A psycho-social-ecological framework," which is directed by Prof. Dr. Kaspar Burger and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project will use large-scale representative data to examine how psychological, social, and broader contextual characteristics influence inequalities in educational outcomes, and whether these characteristics interact in shaping such inequalities. Doctoral student #1 will analyze educational inequalities from a cross-national comparative perspective, whereas doctoral student #2 will use longitudinal designs.

Further details about the project can be found here.

Your profile

The ideal candidate will bring along:
  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in educational science, sociology, psychology, economics, social research, demography, social statistics or related fields
  • Interest in education, social inequalities, life course, child and youth development
  • Strong motivation to write a doctoral thesis focusing on inequalities in education
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis methods
  • Familiarity with statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, Mplus, Python, SPSS)
  • Excellent command of English (German is considered as an asset)

What we offer

  • An inspiring, dynamic environment of cutting-edge research and high-quality training
  • Excellent working conditions at a top-class university
  • Continuous support and close exchange among team members
  • International and multidisciplinary research cooperation
  • Opportunity to participate in research training and (inter-)national conferences
  • Attractive salary in line with SNSF regulations

Place of work

Zurich Oerlikon

Start of employment

Employment will start on 01/09/2020 or as mutually agreed.

Applications should include a motivation letter (including an outline of the topic of interest for a doctoral research project, 1 page maximum), a curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, a writing sample (e.g., master thesis), names and contact details of ideally two referees, and a letter of recommendation. Please merge all documents into one PDF file.

For inquiries about the positions, please contact Prof. Dr. Kaspar Burger

The review of applications will begin on 24/07/2020. Applications received afterwards will be considered until the positions are filled.

Further information

Maria Schönholzer

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