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Doctoral Student SNSF in Political Science, University of Lausanne


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The Institute of Political Science (IEP) of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP) at the University of Lausanne invites applications for a position as Doctoral Student SNSF in Political Science. The position is fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and forms part of the SNSF Eccellenza project led by Prof. Dr. Diego Garzia. The project addresses the issue of increasing negativity in democratic politics worldwide, through the lens of electoral behavior research. In particular it aims at providing a comprehensive assessment of the drivers of negative voting, as well as its impact on individual-level patterns of electoral participations and party choice. The project links electoral studies with political communication and political psychology research by exploring the connection between changing patterns of media exposure in old and new media, negativity and electoral change in liberal democracies worldwide.

 Job information

Expected start date: 01.01.2021 or upon agreement

Contract length: 1 year, renewable, up to a maximum of four years

Employment rate: 100%

Workplace : University of Lausanne, Campus Dorigny, Géopolis


Your responsibilities

The candidate is expected to develop his or her own doctoral thesis, to actively contribute to the project, and to communicate  and publish the results in national and international academic venues and outlets. The successfull candidate will be affiliated to the Institute  of Political Studies (IEP) at he University of Lausanne, and work in close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Diego Garzia (project leader) and Dr. Frederico Ferreira da Silva (senior project collaborator).

Your qualifications

–       Master’s degree in political science or related disciplines

–       Interest in elections, voting behavior and/or political communication in comparative perspective

–       Experience with quantitative methods and statiscal packages (SPSS, Stata,R etc)

–       Fluency in English. Knowledge of Italian and/or French is an advantage.


What the position offers you

We offer an attractive salary and excellent working conditions in a dynamic and expanding Institute located at he university of Lausanne with good international connections and access to national and international training programmes. Prof. Dr. Garzia is committed to closely supervise the successfull applicant throughout his or her doctoral studies. Clear mutual expectations will be jointly established and further assessed during the progress of th doctoral education and theses writing process. The successful candidate will be fully integrated into the research team led by Prof. Diego Garzia, enabling him/her to develop his/her analytical, methodological and professional skills in a highly international research setting. The sucessfull candidate will be offered the possibility to present his or her work at international conferences, develop his or her skills in specialized workshops and courses in Switzerland and abroad, publish research output and, if desired, co-author work with the other members of the team.

Contact for further information

Prof. Dr. Diego Garzia

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Institute of Political Science

Your application should include:

–       A motivation letter, detailing your interest and competences related to the project’s topic (max. two pages)

–       A detailed CV

–       Grades obtained in Bachelor and Master’s programs

–       A sample piece of academic writing (dissertation, paper, etc.)

–       At least one but no more than two letter (s) of recommendation

Only applications throught this site will be considered:


Application deadline: September 15th, 2020

Interviews will take place (in person or via Skype) in October 2020.