Stellenangebot: PhD (100%) in social sciences on the energy transition in Switzerland, Zurich, Deadline: 14.04.2023

The Transdisciplinarity-Lab (TdLab) at the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS) offers a rich and lively learning environment. Our research and teaching cross disciplinary boundaries and are organized in close collaboration with colleagues from different disciplinary backgrounds and stakeholders. The Group “Cultural Studies of Science” (CSTS), in which this position is embedded, is a dynamic team investigating methods and theories for transdisciplinary research.

We seek one doctoral researcher to join our team for the project «Co-Evolution and Coordinated Simulation of the Swiss Energy System and Swiss Society» (Cosi), funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

The project will extend models and simulation-based assessments to account for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research of the energy systems to conduct a successful energy transition in Switzerland. The project will bridge the different energy research communities and establish a continuous exchange between researchers and stakeholders. It will also test new approaches to harmonize scenarios and narratives and provide an integration toolbox for SSH research.

Fixed-term position: 4 years. Start date: June 1, 2023.

You will study collaborative energy cases between modelers and SSH in Switzerland to identify successful practices. You will work in close collaboration with research partners and a diverse group of stakeholders.

Your tasks include to:

  • Develop your PhD project related to the Cosi project’s main aims together with your supervisors and peers;
  • Conduct qualitative research, including a systematic literature review;
  • Perform qualitative interviews to relevant actors in Switzerland;
  • Collaborate with other team members to co-organize workshops and complete deliverables (in the form of reports);
  • Participate in the STS and energy communities nationally and internationally;
  • Contribute to the CSTS Group in consolidating its research program.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in social anthropology, sociology, STS (science and society studies) or other related social sciences.
  • The Master’s degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Experience with qualitative research methods and interpretative social theory.
  • Interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and engaging with modelers stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with STS concepts and prior knowledge of the field of energy transitions is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently, excellent organizational skills, high reliability, and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent proficiency in English. Proficiency in German is a strong advantage.

We are looking for inspiring students who want to work in and contribute to an interdisciplinary research environment.

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.

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

  • Your CV, including information about language proficiencies
  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) that describes your academic trajectory, relevant experiences, and your interest in the project’s topic (see above)
  • 1-2 writing samples related to the topic (e.g., your MA thesis, term paper, manuscript for publication)
  • The names and contact details of up to two references; including your relationship to each of them
  • Master’s degree certificates and relevant transcripts

Deadline for applications: April 14, 2023

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 the CSTS Group and the TdLab can be found on our website.

For further information, please contact Dr Bianca Vienni Baptista, phone no. +41 44 632 64 22 or email (no applications).

The full job offer can be found here.