Student Assistant at KOF Swiss Economic Institute

Updated: 6 months ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

20%-30%, Zurich, fixed-term

The KOF  Swiss Economic Institute at ETH Zurich is the leading institute for applied research in economics in Switzerland.

KOF has a strong collaborative environment that promotes exchange between research and administrative staff across different levels and functions and is committed to rigorous, applied research on policy-relevant topics with a connection to Switzerland.

Job description

We are looking for individuals with a strong interest in research in applied economic topics (labour markets, public economics, political economy, macroeconomics), often related to policies in Switzerland, and a desire of getting a glimpse into rigorous applied research. Prior experience in handling and analysing data using statistical software packages such as STATA and/or R (and Python) is desired and a strong interest and drive in developing these skills is expected. Since many research tasks involve researching and summarizing media and government websites, policy reports and research papers in German and English (and sometimes French) and clarifying questions with local stakeholders, strong communication skills in these languages are desired.

Tasks typically include:

  • Data cleaning and (descriptive) analysis using statistical software packages such as Stata, R, and/or Matlab
  • Collecting data using web scrapers and data providers like Macrobond
  • Coding in R or Matlab on data analysis and macroeconomic forecasting
  • Programming surveys with Qualtrics
  • Investigating relevant aspects of policies, regulations, and events in online (Swiss) media outlets and summarizing them in policy briefs
  • Screening and summarizing the relevant literature for research questions
  • Acquiring information from and coordinating with (Swiss) government offices or data providers 
  • Supporting research staff in field research and data collection

Your profile

You must be enrolled at a Swiss University and willing to work between 1 to 2 days per week (15h). At KOF, working time is typically handled very flexibly such that you can take time to study for exams or fulfil other obligations for your studies while coordinating with the research staff at KOF when tasks need to be completed. Ideally, we are looking for individuals who can stay employed as a student assistant for at least one year (e.g., while taking courses for their Bachelor's or Master's degree), possibly longer.

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ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

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

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript of records of studies up to date or graduation records
  • An estimation of your ability and skills separately for Stata, R, and Matlab on a scale from 1 (beginner) to 5 (proficient)
  • At least two writing samples (if possible one in English and one in German, e.g., a Semester-, Seminar- or Bachelor thesis)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about KOF Swiss Economic Institute can be found on our website . Questions regarding the position (no applications) should be directed to KOF HR ( ).

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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