Ausschreibung Ethnologie: Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer / Oberassistenz 75 %

The Department for Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Section Social Anthropology) at the University of Zürich consists of four chairs covering a broad spectrum of research areas, has a regional focus on Asia, and places strong emphasis on practice-oriented education with a solid empirical base. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher / lecturer whose expertise fits the thematic and regional specialization of the Chair of Prof. Dr. Annuska Derks on Social Transformation Processes and Southeast Asia.

Your responsibilities

As a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer (”Oberassistenz” in the Swiss system) you work on your post-doctoral research project. At least 40 % of your working time will be reserved for your own research. Other tasks include teaching (3 courses per year), supervision of BA and MA students and other fields of activity, such as:

  • Participation in the Social Anthropology Colloquium Series
  • Coordination of literature acquisition in the relevant area of specialization
  • Supporting the chair in academic and administrative tasks
  • Participation in departmental / university committees and commissions

For more information, please read the provisions of the General Outline of Rights and Responsibilities for holders of junior academic positions of the Faculty of Arts of January 25, 2005 - this document unfortunately is only in German but you will find further information here.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in anthropology or a related discipline. You should bring a strong academic record, as well as experience in teaching and in ethnographic fieldwork. We are looking for someone with a theoretical and empirical interest in (one of the fields of) social transformation processes, development, migration, gender and relatedness, preferably with a regional focus on Southeast Asia.

Employment is 75% following cantonal guidelines. Accordingly, you will teach three classes per year (3 SWS per semester). For a start, the employment is limited to three years and may be extended up to six years on the basis of a positive evaluation. The position offers attractive working conditions and a competitive salary.

Applicants who do not speak German are expected to show their willingness to learn German within two years.

We offer

A dynamic, innovative and challenging research and teaching environment, an excellent opportunity for further qualifications and funding applications, and a motivated and team-minded faculty interested in academic exchange.

Place of work

University of Zurich, ISEK – Social and Cultural Anthropology, Andreasstr. 15, 8050 Zurich

Start of employment

1 February 2023, or by mutual agreement.


3 years (with option of extension up to max. 6 years)

We are looking forward to your application. Please enclose the following documents:
• Cover letter with an indication of your research interests
• Curriculum Vitae
• PhD thesis or any other publications as a writing example
• Copies of your degrees
• Address of two persons who can be contacted for a letter of recommendation
Applications should be submitted to: Pia Kumar
Application deadline: 15 October 2022.

Further information

Please contact Prof. Annuska Derks, Chair Social Transformation Processes