PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at 70%- University of Geneva

Deadline: 31 January 2023


Job description

The English translation is provided for information purposes and only the French version is binding. For the French version please see here.

The Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva is offering a doctoral student position in political science, within the framework of the project "Connecting countries and dividing people: The politics of burden-sharing in European migration governance" led by Dr Philipp Lutz and finanzed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

The candidate will write a PhD dissertation at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof. Sandra Lavenex.

The project studies the intricate challenge of establishing burden-sharing among European countries on migration governance. It aims at understanding the conditions under which countries contribute to European burden-sharing in refugee protection and migration control. It uses quantitative and qualitative comparative methods to examine the burden-sharing policies of member states as well as the domestic preferences of citizens and political elites. Thereby, the project seeks to help scholars and policymakers to better understand and address the contemporary crisis in migration governance.

The candidate will be collaborating with Dr. Philipp Lutz (project lead) and will develop a thesis project as part of a team including Prof. Sandra Lavenex and Postdoc Karin Vaagland (University of Geneva), Prof. Vincent Chetail (Graduate Institute Geneva), and further research collaborators in Switzerland and abroad.

The position involves the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, writing empirical research papers and presenting them at academic conferences.


Required qualifications and skills

The successful candidate will hold a Master degree in political science a related field.

Have a background in migration studies and/or EU politics and bring experience with comparative research methods.

Very good command of English (German, Italian or Hungarian a plus).

Furthermore, you should be interested in group collaboration and initiative-taking.


Starting date

1st April, 2023.



The application including a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, a grade transcript of your last degree, two pieces of writing (MA thesis and/or seminar papers and/or other) and the names of two potential referees have to be submitted exclusively online using the "Postuler/apply now" button in the link below before the date mentioned above (23h59 Geneva time). Paper applications will not be accepted.

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Additional information

The Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva offers an attractive working environment: a dynamic and collegial research team allowing for collaboration and exchange, as well as the freedom to develop your own ideas. Moreover, the position offers an affiliation with the research network “NCCR– on the Move” with numerous opportunities for academic exchange and training.

The position is funded for a total of maximum 4 years.

The salary is in accordance with the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).