Student Assistant in Computer Science & Law

Updated: 3 months ago

The Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich conducts empirical and experimental research in law & economics. At the Center, Professor Stefan Bechtold is looking for a student assistant with experience in web scraping, database management, and coding to assist in research projects on regulating digital platforms and the digital economy.

Job description

You are a student in computer science, statistics, economics, or a related discipline. You are interested in working on projects that focus on competition policy, privacy, consumer protection, and online contracts. Our projects involve scraping content from websites, storing the content in databases, and analyzing the content, using statistical and natural-language processing tools. 

Your profile
  • You have proven experience with web scraping, Python, MongoDB, and SQL, and ideally also NLP, statistical methods deploying code to Linux VMs.
  • You are a registered student at a university in Zurich or nearby.
  • You are at a stage of your studies where, during the semester, you can dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week (potentially more outside of the semester).
  • You are interested in designing and conducting interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with a team of legal and economics scholars.

We offer

We are an interdisciplinary research group at the intersection of law, economics, and computer science working on large collaborative projects on regulating the digital economy. We maintain close contact with computer science research groups at ETH Zurich and beyond. Our offices are in the city center of Zurich, our working language is English.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application until September 30, 2023, with the following documents:

  • a cover letter (2 pages max; please describe your relevant background and motivation in the letter),
  • your CV, and
  • your university transcript with exam grades.

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 our research group can be found at Intellectual Property Group (Bechtold) and Center for Law & Economics . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Stefan Bechtold ( (no applications).

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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