ETH ZURICH : PhD student positions in law, economics, and data science

Posted 6 months ago

The Center for Law & Economics at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, invites applications for a PhD student positions in law, economics, and data science.

The initial appointment will be for one year with expected renewal for three more years. Salary is competitive and paid according to ETH standards.

Job description

Our research group employs quantitative methods to study institutions, laws, public policy, and political behaviour. The research of the Center for Law & Economics offers the opportunity to work on important topics of law, economics and data science in a dynamic and collaborative research environment. This includes data prep and cleaning, analyzing economic models, running regressions and performing other empirical analysis, and building machine learning and natural language processing models.

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.

Your profile

You will have, at the time of appointment, completed a Master’s degree in Economics, Data Science, or related fields, with a strong focus on Applied Statistics, Natural Language Processing, and/or Machine Learning. A strong command of Python and/or Stata is required. A substantive interest in law or political economy is desirable. All work-related interactions are in English and excellent English writing skills are essential.

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.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • academic transcripts
  • Writing sample (e.g. Master Thesis)
  • Coding sample (for relevant programming languages)
  • GRE scores (if available)

At least two (preferably three) confidential letters of recommendation from academic supervisors should be sent directly to Elliott Ash by email at Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For further information about the Center for Law and Economics, please visit The main advisor is Prof. Elliott Ash ( Questions regarding the position should be directed to the head of the Law, Economics, and Data Science Group, Elliott Ash, by email at (no applications, subject: ETH Doctoral Student Position).

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