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Postdoctoral Researcher in Energy Innovation Studies

A new postdoctoral researcher position in sustainable development is available at ETH Zurich. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 12 months. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

The Energy Politics Group (EPG), part of the Department of Humanities, Social, and Political Sciences of ETH Zurich, investigates questions related to the governance of technological change in the energy sector. To support our team we are hiring a new position.Accelerating and re-directing technological change in energy-related sectors is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, mitigate climate change, and address several other environmental and social challenges. The successful candidate will perform research to improve the understanding of innovation and diffusion processes of low-carbon energy technologies and the role of public policy therein, with the goal of enhancing evolutionary innovation theory as well as informing policy makers. The successful candidate will closely collaborate with PhD students and co-supervise master students. Relevant disciplinary fields include, but are not limited to, innovation studies, (evolutionary) economics, engineering, and public policy with a science, technology, or innovation focus. Candidates with an interdisciplinary background are highly welcome. The candidate's work should be both scientifically rigorous and relevant to innovation scholars and policy makers. While the focus of the position is on research, there are also possibilities to contribute to teaching activities and the strategic development of the group.

You hold a PhD in one of the aforementioned disciplines or a related social science. Your excellent academic record demonstrates your ability to publish in top-ranked journals in the field of science, technology and innovation studies or general interest journals. Comfort with both quantitative and qualitative methods is required. Experience in patent analysis is an asset. Your working style is team-oriented and you have strong writing and verbal communication skills. You are highly proficient in English. Women and academic minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

We offer a dynamic and highly collaborative research atmosphere within an interdisciplinary team at a globally leading university. As a member of ETH Zurich's Energy Science Center, our group benefits from frequent interactions with leading scholars in other energy-related fields. We are also a member of ETH Zurich's Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy (ISTP) as well as the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) formed by ETH and the University of Zurich. Furthermore, we collaborate with other national and international academic and policy institutions (e.g., Stanford, UNDP). We are centrally located in Zurich and the annual salary is very competitive. While we offer a full time position, part-time work or flexible work hours can be negotiated. The starting date is negotiable. The position is for an initial period of 12 months, with the aim of extending the contract.


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