Research assistant position in Data Science for Economics

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 11 Sep 2022

Research assistant position in Data Science for Economics


The Center for Law & Economics at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, invite applications for a Research assistant position in Data Science for Economics.

The initial appointment will be for one year with an expected renewal for at least one additional year. Salary is competitive and paid according to ETH standards . Part-time and remote work is possible.


Job description

Our research groupemploys quantitative methods to study institutions, laws, public policy, and political behaviour. In particular, this project is focused on a historical analysis of historical archives about Swiss economic history.

You will work on research in law, economics, and data science. This includes data prep and cleaning, analyzing economic models, running regressions and performing other empirical analysis, and building machine learning and natural language processing models.


We offer

We offer the opportunity to work on this topic, applying tools from data science and social science, in a dynamic and collaborative research environment.


Your profile

You will have, at the time of appointment, completed a Master's degree in Data Science, Economics, or related fields, with a strong focus on Natural Language Processing. Expert command of Python, working with large text corpora, is required. A substantive interest in history, law, or economics is desirable. All work-related interactions are in English, while German, French, and Italian knowledge is highly valued.


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.


Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: 

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Academic transcripts
  • Writing sample (e.g. Master Thesis)
  • Coding sample (for relevant programming languages)
  • GRE or other standardized test scores (if available)
  • At least two confidential letters of recommendation from academic supervisors should be sent directly to Elliott Ash by email at ashe@ethz.ch .

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For further informationabout the Center for Law and Economics, please visit www.lawecon.ethz.ch . The main advisor is Prof. Elliott Ash (elliottash.com ). Questions regarding the position should be directed to the head of the Law, Economics, and Data Science Group, Elliott Ash, by email at ashe@ethz.ch (no applications, subject: ETH Research Assitant Position).


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