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PhD position Real Estate Management & Finance 100 %

Do you feel at home in the dynamic environment of a modern university? Would you like to work in a committed team on practice-orientated projects and explore how banking regulation impacts real estate markets and financing decisions?

School: School of Management and Law
Starting date: 1st of August, or by mutual agreement / Doctoral students are employed for a fixed term of 1 year, with the option to extend for up to 4 years

Your role

  • Enroll in the Finance Doctoral Program at the University of Zurich. 
  • Contribute to the project "Unintended Consequences of the New Regulatory Paradigm: Real Estate Prices and Financing the Economy" in collaboration with the University of Zurich.
  • Design and execute data collection using web-crawling and PDF extraction from regulatory disclosure reports. 
  • Conduct data analysis using econometric models and quasi-natural experiments. 
  • Perform comprehensive literature reviews and engage in ongoing research activities. 
  • Participate in scientific dissemination, including writing for publications and presenting at conferences and workshops. 
  • Assist with project management (e.g. projectadministration or support in the preparation of interim, final and financial reports for the project).

Your profile

  • Holder of a Master's Degree in Finance, Business and Economics, Real Estate, Econometrics, or a related discipline with very good to excellent grades. 
  • Experience or a strong willingness to learn quantitative data analysis using software tools such as R, Python, or Stata. 
  • Self-motivated for independent research with a keen interest in the project's thematic areas (real estate, banking regulation and financing). 
  • Demonstrated abilities in teamwork, reliability, and effective communication. 
  • Proficient in both written and spoken English (German beneficial).

This position is ideal for individuals aiming for a career in applied research, whether in academic or industry settings. If you are driven and eager to explore how banking regulation impacts real estate markets and financing decisions, we encourage you to apply.

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14'000 students and 3'400 faculty and staff.

The ZHAW School of Management and Law (SML) is one of the largest business schools in Switzerland with around 9,500 students. It is the only university of applied sciences in the country that is included in renowned rankings published by the business newspaper “Financial Times" and is accredited by AACSB and EQUIS – labels for high quality standards in teaching, research and further education.

The internationally recognized bachelor's and master's degree programs, cooperative PhD programs and the numerous continuing education offerings are scientifically sound, interdisciplinary and practice oriented. The SML maintains numerous collaborations with over 190 selected partner universities worldwide.

ZHAW is committed to gender-mixed and diverse teams in order to promote equality, diversity and innovation.

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Wir bieten hochschulgerechte Arbeits- und Anstellungsbedingungen an und fördern aktiv die Personalentwicklung unserer Mitarbeitenden und Führungspersonen. Eine detaillierte Beschreibung der Vorteile ist auf der Webseite «Arbeiten an der ZHAW» zu finden. Hier die wichtigsten Eckpunkte:


Prof. Dr. Thomas Richter
Lecturer Real Estate


Tanja Schmid
Recruiting Manager


ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Winterthur Region of Winterthur/Schaffhausen 8400