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Research Associate / Project Manager International Economics & Politics 80 – 100 %

Do you want to have an active part in our successful development? Do you have a vested interest in the mission of the International Management Institute? Complementing our innovative and open-minded team we are seeking a highly motivated personality.

School: School of Management and Law
Starting date: 1st November 2021 or by agreement

Your role

  • Leading innovative research and consulting (sub-)projects with academic and industry partners
  • Enhancing the pipeline of third-party funding (e.g. grants and endowments) with academic and industry partners (e. g. Innosuisse, Swiss National Science Foundation, international Research funding schemes)
  • Collaboration in the acquisition and implementation of funded applied research and development projects with partners from the industry and the public sector
  • Identifying, and evaluating research opportunities, both individually and in the team, and acquiring research funds
  • Publishing research in academic journals and practitioner outlets
  • Collaboration in the development and implementation of academic and practitioner focused courses

Your profile

For this exciting position you have or are about to complete a PhD in International Economics, Business Administration, International Relations or a related discipline. We require practical and/or academic experience in the field of International Business & Economics. You have already successfully worked on research projects, published in academic journals and acquired third party funding for your research. You are persuasive, open-minded, an outgoing team player and excellent communicator - fluent in written and spoken English. German being a serious plus for all relations within ZHAW and external partners. You have an entrepreneurial mindset and strong interest in scientific work in cooperation with partners. You take ownership in challenging situations and execute proactively towards a common goal. Ideally you are interested in creating sustainable value for our project partners and have a convincing personality which combines analytical and conceptual thinking with entrepreneurial behavior.

The position will offer you the opportunity to establish international partnerships with industrial or public partners, acquire funding for collaborative research, and to devise and transfer research solutions into enterprise contexts.

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 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

The School of Management and Law is one of the leading business schools in Switzerland with internationally recognized Bachelor's and Master's degree programs as well as cooperative PhD programs, well-established continuing education programs that are needs based, and innovative research and development projects. As the first business school of a Swiss university of applied sciences, the SML meets the high standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), making it one of the top 800 business schools in the world.

The International Management Institute is part of the Department of International Business. We focus on the effects of globalization and the challenges of international business activities. The Center for EMEA Business as part of the International Management Institute provides relevant knowledge of the cultural, economic, and political aspects of the EMEA region and explain what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in these countries.

The interviews start in mid-August. Please send us your online application latest by 13th August 2021.

What you can expect

We offer working conditions and terms of employment commensurate with higher education institutions and actively promote personal development for staff in leadership and non-leadership positions. A detailed description of advantages and benefits can be found at Working at the ZHAW. The main points are listed below:


For expressions of interest, or confidential enquiries about the position, please contact:
Dr. Florian Keller
Head of Center for EMEA Business

For general information, please contact:
Regina Peil
Senior Branding & Recruiting Manager

Permanent employment
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Winterthur Region of Winterthur/Schaffhausen 8400