Research Assistant in Support in Survey Design, Data Collection, Cleaning and Analysis
ETH Zurich Chair of Education Systems

Research assistant for support in survey design, data collection, cleaning and analysis

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Chair of Education Systems investigates the shifts in educational systems in the face of globalization, an ageing society and the rapid development of technology. We also examine the characteristics of the most effective education systems in the world and how they align with labour market demand. Our research focuses on comparing education systems and analyzing their institutional frameworks. Building on our experience in translational research, our research contributes to the evaluation and development of education systems in a number of countries on all six inhabited continents.

Job description

You will support the Chair of Education Systems with ongoing research and outreach projects. We support implementation and reform projects worldwide with dedicated data collection and analysis. Your principal role will involve online survey implementation and troubleshooting, monitoring data collection, data cleaning, and preliminary analyses. You will work closely with the project team to produce data for policy reports and presentations and more sophisticated statistical analysis for academic purposes. You will also be called on to support team members on technical and other matters on an ad hoc basis.

Your profile

  • You need to have a master’s degree or equivalent.
  • Excellent technical skills in quantitative research are required, as well as excellent speaking and writing in English – good German is preferred but not required.
  • You need to be a confident user of online survey platforms (LimeSurvey or similar) and R and/or STATA.
  • Research experience in economics, education policy, sociology, or similar is critical, as are analytical skills gained from research, data science, or programming experience.
  • You are interested in research, but not necessarily interested in pursuing a strictly academic career path.
  • You bring enthusiasm for research, education, policy work, and international exchange with you. Ideally, you have already gained initial experience in this environment.
  • You can be flexible and adaptable.
  • Most importantly, you work well independently and with others and are happy when you are part of a high-performing team.

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We are happy to accept applications from a wide range of backgrounds. Please include the following:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV/resume

Please apply exclusively via the online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered

For more information, contact Dr. Patrick McDonald (no applications) at, or visit our website at

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.

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