Assistant Professorship with Tenure Track in Comparative Politics and Democratization

The position should be filled by February 1, 2017. After two temporary three-year contracts the position will become tenured on the condition that the candidate passes the evaluation process.

Candidates should demonstrate the potential to develop an internationally recognized research track record in comparative politics, with a specialization in one of the following subfields: democratization of autocratic states, consolidation of new democracies, democratization of nation states, democratization beyond nation states, measurement and analysis of the quality of democracy.

The position is located in the Department of Political Science (IPZ), which provides a dynamic and collaborative international environment for teaching and research. The department offers generous research and teaching support. In addition, the holder of the position is eligible to apply for Swiss National Science Foundation funding, as well as many other grant programs in Switzerland and Europe.

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in Political Science at the time of application and have an excellent record of academic achievements in the relevant field. Teaching may be carried out in English; the teaching load is two to four hours per week throughout the semester. Non-German speaking candidates are expected to acquire a working knowledge of German within the first three years of appointment. In order to increase the number of women in leading academic positions, we specifically encourage women to apply.

The closing date for applications is January 24, 2016. Details on the application procedure are available on For further information please contact Prof. Fabrizio Gilardi (