PhD Opportunity at ETH

The Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH) seeks a

PhD Candidate (60%)

interested in writing his/her PhD thesis on conflict research.
The International Conflict Research group (http://www.icr.ethz.ch) conducts research on international and domestic conflict based on social-science approaches and complexity theory.

Research area:
Our current work applies agent-based modeling to the study of civil wars and ethnic conflict. Together with international collaborators, we are in the process of extending this research empirically to the use of spatial statistics and geographic information systems.

Your background:
We are looking for candidates who can conduct research on international conflict using simulation methods. Both natural and social scientists possessing a master's degree in their main field of study are welcome to apply. Ideally, applicants should have a strong background in computer science, and at least a willingness to specialize in the social sciences. English proficiency is required. Pedagogical experience is also welcome as some teaching assistance belongs to the duties of
this position.

What we offer:
We offer the successful candidate an intellectually challenging position in an international context leading to a PhD at ETH or the University of Zurich. Applicants with little experience of political science are required to enroll in the Master of Comparative and International Studies (MACIS) at CIS.

Your application:
Interested students are invited to submit a brief pre-proposal (maximum five pages), application letter and CV, letters of recommendation, and other application materials to ETH Zürich, André Schmid, Leiter Personalberatung; Ref. PHD-ICR, Turnerstr. 1, CH-8092 Zürich.
For further information, please contact office manager Ms. Claudia Jenny at cjenny@icr.ethz.gess.ch.

Nils B. Weidmann
International Conflict Research
ETH Zurich

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