(Senior) Researcher Risk and Resilience

80%-100%, Zurich, temporary

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 Risk and Resilience Team of the Think Tank at CSS is engaged in research and policy consulting on a range of fields that centre on risks, particularly socio-technical hazards, and the way in which these risks are mitigated by human actions or management practices. The team is interested in creating new ways to think about and address today’s complex challenges.

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated expert with proficient knowledge in socio-technical resilience, critical infrastructure protection and emerging technologies. You will work to advance our applied research focus on resilience and emerging technologies. This includes a particular focus on developments in artificial intelligence and their implications for critical infrastructure protection, civil protection, and disaster risk reduction. You will publish your findings in policy relevant and scientific publications, and will disseminate your knowledge through dialogue with policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders.

Your profile

You should have an advanced university degree (MA or PhD), preferably in the social sciences, and demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively beyond disciplinary boundaries. Having work and/or academic experience in resilience, critical infrastructure protection and/or emerging technologies, e.g. by having published on these topics or taken part in discussions with relevant stakeholders from academia, politics and the corporate world, is a prerequisite for this position. An independent and well-organized working style, good communication skills and the ability to work in an international team will be essential.

The CSS is a multi-lingual working environment, so proficiency in English alongside at least one Swiss national language is required. Work experience in international organizations or think tanks would be an advantage, as is knowledge of the Swiss political landscape.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of interest explaining the skills and motivation you would bring to the post, a CV and one to two single-authored writing samples (e.g. an academic article, or policy brief) no later than 27.01.2020. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

We offer you an exciting opportunity to develop your expertise in a think tank that is both university based and close to the policy-making environment in Bern. Career development is a core element of our culture. Further information about the Center for Security Studies can be found on our website www.css.ethz.ch For questions about the position, please contact Benjamin Scharte, +41 44 632 97 38 or benjamin.scharte@sipo.gess.ethz.ch (no applications).

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