(Senior) Researcher Cyberdefense

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

Within the Risk and Resilience team of the think tank at CSS, the Cyberdefense Project analyses security and military policy developments in cyberspace and advises the Swiss federal authorities on the political, economic, social and technological implications of these developments. Thematically, this includes developments and concepts of cyber weapons, questions of international norms and their effects, technological developments in general, and developments in intelligence culture, among others.

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated cyber-security policy expert with a strong grasp of the intersection between technological development and security politics. The successful candidate will have an interest or direct experience in the Swiss security and defense political environment. As part of our Risk and Resilience Team, you will conduct applied research on emerging cyber-security and -defense issues. 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 have an MA degree or PhD (or will be close to completion) in the social sciences or closely related fields. You should be familiar with cyber-security issues, in particular with respect to their implications for security and defense policy. Technical IT or computer security skills would be an asset.

The CSS is a multi-lingual working environment, so proficiency in English alongside at least one other Swiss national language is required. Work experience in international organisations 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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