Postdoc: "Cooperatives in a changing world"

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The  Chair of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM), invites applications for a postdoc (80 – 100%) in the research group “Cooperatives in a Changing World”.

Initial hiring is for 2 years, with a starting date between January and February 2023. 

Project background

You will be an integral part of the group, which will examine the current and potential contribution of cooperative enterprises to civil society in the context of a changing socio-economic environment. The project is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection of questions of governance, business model innovation and social innovation.

Job description

You will be responsible for conducting independent and collaborative research into the current and potential role of cooperative enterprises and business models in Switzerland and internationally and authoring corresponding scientific and popular articles. In so doing, you will need to solicit and maintain contacts with members of the scientific community at ETH and beyond, as well as relevant stakeholders from the public.

The project has clear deliverables and milestones. You will co-lead the development and (co-)teach in programs as the MSc/MAS in Management, Technology and Economics and Executive MBA as a joint program with HSG. We look for somebody who is interested in cooperatives and their dynamics, particularly in their social impact on society and its measurement. The project builds on past work done in the group, in social innovation and social entrepreneurship, which has led to various papers published in Academy of Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Education Behavior, etc. This project intends to continue and reinforce this research trajectory. There is, however, ample scope to design and steer their research in directions that correspond to the strengths and interests of you.

Your profile

You will, at the time of appointment, have completed a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. social science, economics, management); have experience or demonstrated potential to research and publish at an international level; speak and write fluently in English (German is a requirement); demonstrate an interest in cooperatives and/or other relevant project dimensions; have experience or an interest in contributing in interdisciplinary research projects.

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We offer

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specializing 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.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

Interested?

We look forward to receiving your online application, including:

  • a cover letter
  • CV
  • graduate school transcripts
  • a writing sample
  • contact details of at least two referees

Please be sure to elaborate on how your previous experience and/or interests relate to the research group. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Anja Niedworok by email at aniedworok@ethz.ch (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

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.

Curious? So are we.

Interested?

We look forward to receiving your online application, including:

  • a cover letter
  • CV
  • graduate school transcripts
  • a writing sample
  • contact details of at least two referees

Please be sure to elaborate on how your previous experience and/or interests relate to the research group. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Anja Niedworok by email at aniedworok@ethz.ch (no applications).

About ETH Zürich

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.