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Three or four PhD Positions (60%)

The Chairs of Prof. Dr. Regina Kiener, Prof. Dr. Matthias Mahlmann and Prof. Dr. Daniel Moeckli at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich offer 3 or 4 PhD positions (4 years; 0.6 FTE).

Job description

The new University Research Priority Program (URPP) Equality of Opportunity aims to research the economic and social changes that lead to inequality. As part of this URPP, the subproject directed by our three Chairs will study the normative foundations which provide the basis of, and set the goals for, public policies that seek to increase equality. The objective of the subproject is to restate the normative principles and fundamental legal concepts underlying current equality guarantees as foundational elements of a just society.

We are looking for outstanding PhD researchers who are interested to analyse issues of equality and non-discrimination, be it within a particular area (such as access to education, healthcare, housing, justice, institutions or political participation) or be it from a more general legal theoretical perspective. Your PhD thesis, which may be written in German, French or English, will be supervised by one of the three professors involved in the subproject.

In particular, the successful candidate is expected to:

  • perform research leading to a doctoral dissertation to be submitted at our Faculty of Law
  • participate in interdisciplinary research including economics, social sciences, history, philosophy and law
  • assist in implementing our URPP subproject by, for example, assisting in the organisation of workshops, contributing to the dissemination of research results etc.

Your profile

Applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor’s and a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in law
  • strong analytical skills
  • good organisational skills
  • a genuine interest in the legal concept of equality

Employment terms and conditions

The appointment will be for 4 years, the starting date is 1 January 2021. The workload is 0.6 FTE. The University of Zurich offers excellent terms of employment. The starting gross annual salary is ca. CHF 61’000 for a 60% appointment. Funding for the attendance of conferences is available. We offer you an inspiring working environment within a motivated team and flexible working hours.

Information and application

Additional information about the University of Zurich can be found at For inquiries about the advertised position please contact us at

Applications may be submitted in German, French or English and must include the following documents:

  • a CV
  • certificates
  • contact details of two referees
  • a sample of your written work (for example a student paper, a Master thesis or a short publication)
  • a short outline (half a page) of your proposed research project

Applications must be submitted by 25 October 2020. Please send your application electronically to the following address:

Organisation: University of Zurich
Deadline: 25/10/2020
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