Institute: University of Zurich, Institute of Education

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

Workload: 70-80%

Description of UZH unit

The Education and Work Research Unit is focused on the analysis of changing forms of work, the training opportunities offered by private and public employers and the governance of continuing vocational education and training.

The postdoc position is associated with the project “Education and the European Digital Agenda: Switzerland, Germany and Sweden after 1970” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and located at the Education and Work Research Unit. The project is concerned with how the challenge of new information and communications technologies has been met in Europe during the first decades after the microchip began restructuring businesses, administration and daily life.


The postdoctoral scholar will research the various government initiatives in Germany and Sweden or in Germany and Switzerland, between 1970 and 2000. European-level and transnational developments will be studied cooperatively by the two researchers in the project and the research leader. The individual archival research will result in a book or a habilitation thesis, published as a monograph. There will also be collaborative articles published in renowned journals for educational research and history.


The candidate should have:

– a Ph.D. in education or history,
– knowledge of the European history of education,
– excellent academic writing skills and
– experiences in archival research.

Language requirements

Most of the internal communication and research will be in English. The candidate should also have, as a minimum requirement, very good reading skills either in Swedish and German or in French and German.

Computer skills: Basic knowledge of database management

Special requirements

In addition to the usual application documents in English or German, the candidate is asked to send a short draft proposal (1-2 pages) for his or her book project in the context of the funded SNSF project “Education and the European Digital Agenda”:

We offer:

The Education and Work Research Unit offers an interdisciplinary, highly engaged and family-friendly working environment. The postdoc position (70-80%) is funded for four years. The salary will be in the range recommended by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project lies within the area of interest of an international network of researchers in the European history of education. The network is represented by an international reference group that includes leading experts from this field of research, especially from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.

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This position opens on: April 1, 2019

More information: Dr. Michael Geiss, hc.hz1553156409u.efi1553156409@ssie1553156409gm1553156409

If you are interested, please send your application via email to: hc.hz1553156409u.efi1553156409@ssie1553156409gm1553156409

Application accepted until: November 30, 2018

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