Postdoc on the Economics of Privacy, IT Security & Automated Decision-making

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Postdoc on the Economics of Privacy, IT Security & Automated Decision-making

The Center for Law & Economics ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ) at ETH Zurich has approximately 70 group members from law, economics, political science and computer science. At the Center, Professor Stefan Bechtold invites applications for a Postdoc on the Economics of Privacy, IT Security & Automated Decision-making.

Job description

We are looking for an ambituous, highly qualified postdoc (economics, information systems, data science or related field) who is working on the economics of privacy, IT security and/or automated decision-making, using empirical and/or experimental methods. You will be able to pursue your own research agenda in a highly research-focused environment. At the Center for Law & Economics, you will be part of an interdisciplinary group investigating the societal implications of digitization and automated decision-making, using formal social science research methods. Beyond the Center for Law & Economics, you will interact with a team of economists, legal scholars and computer scientists from three departments at ETH Zurich focusing on Privacy & Security in Society.

At our Center for Law & Economics, researchers can conduct internationally oriented fundamental research as part of a highly motivated team at a leading research university. We offer an interdisciplinary environment, close interaction, and excellent contacts with leading scholars at U.S. universities. Our Center organizes various seminar series and conferences which enable our group members to regularly interact with internationally leading researchers. Our broad international network offers attractive career prospects.

We offer excellent working conditions, an internationally competitive salary (paid according to ETH standards ). Teaching and administrative duties are limited. We provide support for attending international conferences and workshops, and for research stays abroad. Our offices are located in downtown Zurich, and the working language is English. The initial appointment will be for two years and can be renewed. The starting date is flexible.

Your profile

The ideal candidate will have, at the time of appointment, completed a Ph.D. in economics, information systems, data science or a related field. Interest in and/or experience with interacting with legal researchers is a plus. Applicants need graduate-level expertise in empirical and/or experimental methods.

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.


We look forward to receiving your online application, until February 15, 2020, with the following documents:

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

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information, please visit ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> and ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> . For specific questions, please contact Professor Stefan Bechtold ( sbechtold [at] ethz[.]ch , no applications).


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 46677.

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