Research / Student Assistant in the International Political Economy and Environmental Politics group

WorkplaceZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

Research / Student Assistant in the International Political Economy and Environmental Politics group

10%-20%, Zurich, fixed-term

The International Political Economy and Environmental Politics group is looking for a Research Assistant to support two on-going longitudinal survey data collection projects, the Swiss Environmental Panel as well as the Swiss Mobility Panel . These projects explore public opinion dynamics in Switzerland in relation to environmental and mobility preferences and behavior, changes therein, and linkages to preferences and behavior in other policy realms. To answer these questions, the two teams rely on an original approach combining survey and geocoded data with survey experiments.

Job description

Tasks include:

  • program surveys in Qualtrics;
  • create documentation such as questionnaires, codebooks and technical reports;
  • support the teams with data analysis and reporting to third party stakeholders such as the Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU);
  • maintain our custom-made R package and provide support to the research teams;
  • support panel management tasks such as data cleaning and data storage.

Your profile


  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English and German;
  • programming skills in R;
  • enrolled in a Master program at a Swiss university.


  • a strong command of R Markdown and Latex;
  • previous experience with Qualtrics;
  • willingness and motivation to further develop these skills in R and Qualtrics, e.g. programming, analysis of spatial data, etc.;
  • strong oral and written communication skills in French and/or Italian;
  • interest in public opinion research and environmental politics.

We offer

Assisting the two panel surveys provides you with the opportunity to learn more about the fields of survey methodology and environmental politics. You will mainly work with the members of the two panel surveys including the other research assistants. Work times and locations are flexible, apart from regular team meetings. The salary is according to ETH rules (30.00 CHF/hour).

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Curious? So are we.

Please submit your application documents (including CV, recent transcript of records and 1-page motivation letter) as one pdf. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Keith Smith (

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. We consider applications on a rolling basis.

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 177897.

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