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Student assistant in the Peace Observatory Project – 20%, CSS ETH Zürich

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The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich is a center of competence for Swiss and international security policy. It offers security policy expertise in research, teaching, and consultancy.

Project background

The Peace Observatory Project aims to build a comprehensive and dynamic dataset identifying peacemaking efforts around the world from 1989 to the present. Researching and understanding peace processes in inter-, intra-, and non-state conflict around the world is at the core of the project and forms an expansion of the African Peace Processes dataset that is focused on peace efforts on the African continent. Drawing on conflict data from the Uppsala Conflict Database Program (UCDP), we write comprehensive summaries of negotiation and mediation events before transposing the information into the dataset.

Job description

Your work will focus on conducting in-depth research on peace processes in specific country and conflict situations. This will include reading articles/newspapers/books, engaging with country experts and drawing on existing datasets.

Start date is flexible, but ideally, you would be able to join as soon as possible.

Your profile

  • You are enrolled in a BA or MA degree at a Swiss university in a relevant discipline (e.g., International Relations, Security Studies, Political Science, Public Policy);
  • You have strong interest in peace, conflict, and mediation research. Attendance at classes and/or research experience in this field is an asset;
  • You are able to conduct efficient and structured research with a particular care for detail;
  • You are proficient in English and are able to write concisely and precisely. A good knowledge of another language (such as French or Arabic) is an asset;
  • You have working skills with MS Office Programs, especially Word and Excel;
  • You are reliable, enjoy working in a team but also autonomously.

We offer

We offer you an exciting opportunity to develop and deepen your knowledge in a small team alongside your academic studies. You will have the opportunity to work at the heart of the dynamic and supportive research environment of the CSS and be in close contact with experienced researchers.

Curious? So are we. Please send your CV and a short motivation letter to Marine Epiney: marine.epiney@sipo.gess.ethz.ch.

We look forward to receiving your application!