Student Assistant at the Chair of Systems Design - Database management

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent

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10%-20%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Chair of Systems Design at ETH Zurich is looking for a student research assistant to work on our data project "130 years of Swiss Parliament ".


Project background

We are looking for a student research assistants to work on our data project “DemocraSci – a research platform for data-driven democracy studies in Switzerland” and our SNF-project “Analyzing Co-Sponosrship Networks from 129 Years of the Swiss Federal Asssembly”. The projects use almost 130 years of Swiss parliamentary data to create a comprehensive and searchable database on Swiss politics. Get an overview over the projects here .


Job description

You will assist the projects with database-related tasks, such as:

  • Database scraping, including data cleaning and pre-processing
  • Database compilation (gathering information from multiple sources into one coherent database)
  • Database integration (moving data from odata to SQL tables to a neo4j database)
  • Writing scripts for automated collection of data on members of parliament (committee engagements, interest group ties, etc.)

Your profile

You need to be student at ETH Zurich or the University of Zurich (computer science or related field). You need excellent database management skills (please detail your experience in the motivation letter), good coding skills in Phyton as well as LaTex skills.

NLP skills are a plus. Good command of German/French is also a plus (since 99% of the data is in German and French), but not a must.

You should be available for 1 year at a minimum (at least until the start of the fall term 2022). 

Application deadline: September 1st.
The start date for the position is as soon as possible. We will consider applications immediately until the position is filled.


ETH Zurich

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