Student Assistant at KOF Swiss Economic Institute

Updated: 3 months ago

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.

Project background

KOF's new research division, KOF Lab, is looking for a motivated, well organized research assistant with interest in academic seeding and funding. At KOF Lab we develop, test and implement new approaches and frameworks for future research. We cooperate with thematically and methodologically related researchers at ETH, in Switzerland and beyond. This position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of the seeding phase of a new section at KOF, learn to use academic funding opportunities and grow one's personal network across institutions in Switzerland.

Job description

The project at hand explores opportunities related to KOF's own data, processing of economic data in general and dissemination of data related competences.Your responsibilities will include doing research on funding opportunities from ETH board tenders to various opportunities at the Swiss National Science Foundation as well as in federal and international portals. You will actively take part in meetings and facilitate communication with internal and external partners.

  • excellent command of English AND German is required
  • 'ownership of task' mindset is important to succeed
  • experience in working with (economic) data is a plus
  • experience with an open source programming language and community such as R or Python is a plus

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.

We offer

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
  • 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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