Department of Business Administration, URPP Social Networks

Research Associate / PhD candidate
60 %

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) on Social Networks is one of the University of Zurich's current excellent research priority programs ( The Chairs of Marketing and Market Research are part of the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and IT at UZH ( and the Marketing Group Zurich ( We focus on quantitative empirical research in the areas of marketing and consumer behavior, social networks, online communities, and technology. Our core research topic is the connected customer in the digital age.

Your responsibilities

The new Research Associate (PhD candidate) is expected to do a doctorate and to develop, manage and publish advanced research projects within the field of social network interventions from a technology / marketing point of view; to teach courses in empirical data analysis with applications in market research; to supervise bachelor's and master's theses and to support administrative tasks.

Your profile

Candidates should be highly motivated to conduct novel and high-quality research at the intersection of data and network science, marketing and technology as well as consumer psychology. Successful PhD candidates will have a master's degree in business administration, statistics / data science or computer science. We welcome as well applicants with a master's degree in psychology or economics if they show strong quantitative skills. A disciplinary focus on marketing, information systems, or human-computer interaction is a plus. Other requirements include: (i) very good knowledge in statistics, research methods and data analysis. (ii) experience in conducting empirical research and programming in R and/or Python. (iii) very good communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. (iv) good command of English (oral and written). Curiosity and discipline, self-reliance, integrity, and creativity are essential.

Good command of English (oral and written)

Excel, R and/or Python

To be considered for this position, applications must be sent by e-mail, enclosing the following documents in one single PDF file: (i) a current CV, (ii) academic transcripts, (iii) a brief statement of interests and ideas for research (one page, max), (iii) the name and the contact details of one referee.

What we offer

Place of work

University of Zurich
Department of Business Administration, URPP Social Networks
Andreasstrasse 15
8050 Zurich

Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed. Please submit your application by 31.05.2019.

Further information