Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich

Doctoral students/assistants in financial accounting
50 - 79 %

We are seeking applications for one or two doctoral student/assistant positions in financial accounting, under the supervision of Prof. Hui Chen. Our research is closely linked to research in finance and economics, using economic theories to examine accounting issues such as the economic effects of accounting regulations and the role of information disclosure in the financial market.
These positions are affiliated with the Swiss Doctoral Program Network in Accounting Research (DAR), which is a partnership among the Universities of Basel, Bern, Neuchâtel, and Zurich. "DAR offers a competitive doctoral course program in the area of accounting research. The courses cover a relevant set of topics and research methodologies applied in academic accounting research and are taught by leading international experts in their field. The program provides doctoral students with an excellent opportunity to interact with leading accounting researchers and to benefit from their expertise, experience and advice. Successful students will be able to build up their own international research network and to prepare themselves for an academic career in accounting." (

Your responsibilities

Typically, successful candidates need around 4 years to finish the program and obtain PhD degrees at the end. At least during the first year of the program, the candidates will focus on taking PhD-level classes to help build up a solid foundation of research skills. In the following years, they will work on research projects both independently and in collaboration with others.
The candidates are also expected to work as teaching and research assistants for Prof. Chen. Their main responsibilities involve assisting Prof. Chen in preparing teaching materials, leading recitation classes, and helping with exams and student questions.

Your profile

Ideal candidates should be close to graduating or have just graduated from a Master's program in economics or business with excellent grades. They should be intellectually curious, highly motivated, and possess strong quantitative and analytical skills. They should enjoy learning and appreciate the value of knowledge.
English is the primary language used in our research as well as working environment, thus proficiency in English speaking and writing is required. German language is not necessary but will be considered as an advantage.
Qualified women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

English is required; German is not required, but considered as an advantage.
Must be comfortable (or willing to learn to become comfortable) with softwares needed in research (LaTex, Mathematica, SAS, etc.)

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.
As well as competitive pay, excellent research environment and resources and inpendence and freedom in pursuing your academic goals.

Place of work

University of Zurich
Department of Business Administration
Plattenstrasse 14
8032 Zurich

Start of employment

Employment start in August 2019 or to be mutually agreed. Please submit your application by 31.12.2019.

The application should contain the following items:

Further information