Doctoral Researchers

The Transdisciplinarity Lab at ETH Zurich seeks two doctoral researchers to join their team. Deadline: 31.10.2021



The Transdisciplinarity Lab at ETH Zurich seeks two doctoral researchers to join their team for the project «Investigating interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity: intersections of practices, culture(s) and policy in collaborative knowledge production» (INTERSECTIONS), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF-PRIMA). The new research group is part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and intellectually vibrant academic community working in science and technology studies (STS) and cultural studies of science.

Your tasks as a PhD candidate include to:

  • Develop your own PhD research questions and ideas related to the project’s main aims together with your supervisors and peers;
  • Conduct qualitative research, including a systematic literature review and long-term data collection and data analysis in Switzerland;
  • Perform ethnographic field research in one National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR);
  • Collaborate with international partners by means of an academic visit to an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research centre (three weeks);
  • Co-publish and support the publication of academic papers and reports in English;
  • Present results at national and international conferences, and participate in the STS community;
  • Assist in building the new research group, including consolidating databases, and contributing to the project’s website.

This is a fixed term position (4 years). Start date: February 2022.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in social or cultural anthropology, sociology, or a closely related field of study, social sciences or STS. The Master’s degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Experience in qualitative research methods (e.g., ethnography, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, document analysis) and interpretative social theory.
  • Interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and engaging with other knowledge cultures.
  • Familiarity with STS concepts and/or Anthropology is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are essential.

Applications are only accepted online.