Postdoctoral Researcher

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. Europeanlevel 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 or in French and German.

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. For additional information about an employment at the University of Zurich please visit

This position opens on April 1, 2019

More information
Dr. Michael Geiss,

If you are interested, please send your application via e-mail to:
Application accepted until: November 30, 2018
Dr. Michael Geiss
Universität Zürich
Institute of Education
Freiestrasse 36
CH-8032 Zurich

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