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ISEK - Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies Social and Cultural Anthropology

Vacancy: Researcher and Lecturer in “Economic Anthropology” 60-75 %

We are looking for a junior or senior researcher and lecturer in economic anthropology within the framework of our departmental focus on “Precarity and Opportunity”.

Your responsibilities:

As a junior or senior researcher and lecturer (“Assistenz”/”Oberassistenz” in the Swiss system) you are working on your doctoral or post-doctoral research project. At least 40 % of your working time will be reserved for your own research. Other tasks include teaching, supervision of student work 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 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 an MA or PhD, depending on the type of employment, in anthropology or a related discipline. You should bring along a strong academic record, as well as experience in teaching and in ethnographic fieldwork, preferably including the use of mixed methods. The regional focus of the chair is on Central and Inner Asia but other specializations are also welcome.

Employment is 60 % for junior and 75 % for senior positions following cantonal guidelines. Accordingly, you will teach two or three classes per year respectively. 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 do not have to speak German as the study programs are partly in English. But we expect people who work with us for a longer period of time to learn German to a certain degree.

What we offer:

A dynamic, innovative and challenging research and teaching environment, an excellent opportunity for further qualifications, and a motivated and team-minded faculty interested in academic exchange. PhD students have also the opportunity to join the „Swiss Graduate Program in Anthropology“.

Place of work:

University of Zurich, ISEK – Ethnology
Andreasstr. 15
8050 Zurich

Start of employment:

1 February 2021 or by mutual agreement.

We are looking forward to your application. Please enclose the following documents:

  • Cover letter with an indication of your research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae.M.A. or PhD thesis as a writing example (plus any other material you would like to share)
  • Copies of your degrees
  • Address of two persons who can be contacted for a letter of recommendation

Application deadline: Until position is filled; we will start reviewing applications by 1 November 2020.

Further information:

For questions regarding the application process:
Georg Winterberger, managing director (0041 (0)44 635 22 17,
Prof. Dr. Peter Finke, chair holder (0041 (0)44 635 22 33,

Please send your documents to: