«A place where knowledge is created» - As one of Europe's leading universities of economics and business administration, the University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, is committed to the education of over 8500 students and is one of the largest employers in the region, providing around 3100 employees with an attractive and innovative environment for research.
The Institute of Political Science (IPW) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) seeks to fill the position of
Research/Teaching Assistant
with a future Ph.D. candidate, beginning in September 2019 or upon agreement.

Research Focus
The Research/Teaching Assistant is expected to develop her/his own research project, broadly addressing questions arising out of behavioral sciences applied to the study of foreign policy decision making or from the "Second Nuclear Age" in international politics. Particularly welcome would be individuals with an interest in exploring the links between behavioral ethics and foreign policy decision making.

Area of responsibility
In addition to completing a doctoral dissertation, the successful candidate will support the research, teaching, and consulting activities of the Chair of International Relations (Prof. James W. Davis, Ph.D.). Teaching responsibilities include a tutorial on International Relations Theory as well as assistance for seminars in the fields of International Relations and Foreign Policy.

  • Admissions to the doctoral program requires a University Degree (M.A., Diplom, Magister, or equivalent) in Political Science/International Relations or a related discipline with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 for graduates of Swiss institutions, or 2.0 for German degrees, or the equivalent of respective third countries.
  • General expertise in International Relations Theories and a related field of specialization, such as Security Studies, International Organization, International Political Economy, etc.
  • Excellent written and spoken German and English language skills.
  • Motivation to pursue an academic career and interest in theory-driven research
  • Ability to develop your research project and work independently.
What we offer
  • A multifaceted position in an internationally active institute at a renowned university with a contract for an initial three-year term (with the possibility of a two-year extension).
  • Participation in the Department's doctoral programme, which offers advanced methodological and substantive training as well as professional development
Applications consisting of a CV, a letter of motivation, transcripts with grades, a short exposé (ca. 3 pages) of a possible dissertation topic, a copy of their MA thesis, and the names of two references should be submitted online. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
For additional information, please contact Prof. James W. Davis (james.davis@unisg.ch).

The University of St.Gallen is committed to enhancing gender diversity in the faculty. Applications from women are particularly welcome. Information on the IPW can be found at: http://www.ipw.unisg.ch/.
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