PhD Position in Mathematical Game Theory: On New Voting and Election Rules

The chair of Macroeconomics: Innovation and Policy is recruiting a new Ph.D. student. The research project in mathematical game theory involves the study of new voting and election rules.
Our chair is part of the Center of Economic Research, which belongs to the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) at ETH Zurich. Our main focus is on theoretical and conceptual research. Further information about the chair’s work is provided on our Website. We strongly recommend to have a close look at our current projects on democracy.
The successful applicant should hold a master’s degree in economics, mathematics, physics or related areas and have graduated with grades in the top five percent of his/her class (e.g. applicants from Swiss universities are expected to have achieved a GPA of at least 5.25). A solid background in microeconomics or mathematics and an interest in mechanism design are key requirements. Moreover, we expect fluency in English and very good writing skills, in particular.
The appointment is a 100% doctoral assistant position and it consists of three areas. Firstly, it includes the writing of a dissertation under the supervision of Professor Hans Gersbach and other members of the chair. The thesis is to be completed within three to four years. Secondly, we expect you to participate in the day-to-day activities of the chair. The salary will be in accordance with the regulations of ETH Zurich. Finally, you are required to complete the Economics Doctoral Programme at D-MTEC.
Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • A short application letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • High school and university transcripts with a description of the grading system
  • Contact information of two referees or reference letters, if available.

Starting date: as soon as possible.
For further information about the position, contact Ewelina Laskowska at or Martin Tischhauser at
Please submit your application online by using the following link: and address your application to ETH Zurich, Ueli Lott, Human Resources, 8092 Zürich. The application window is open until July 21th 2017. We encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience. Incoming applications will be evaluated in chronological order.
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