Research Assistant

In the context of the NCCR ‘on the move’ we are looking for 1 research assistant to support research on the politicization of immigration in newspapers. We are now looking for one conscientious and reliable research assistant. You should be matriculated at the University of Neuchâtel, and will be expected to work relatively independently. You will search newspapers article in databases and code the contents of these articles following instructions. We offer somewhat flexible working hours (15h a week) and the ability to carry out some of the work from home. You will also be able to gain some insights in cutting-edge social science research. The position starts as soon as possible.

Remuneration is based on the payment scales of the University of Neuchâtel ( assistants-etudiants-personnel-auxiliaire): CHF 22.75/h.

• University student [essential]
• Read German [essential], English [essential], additional languages (French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Italian) are an asset
• Experience with spreadsheets [desirable]

Additional experience required:
• Well organized and able to work independently [essential]
• Reliable and detail-oriented [essential]
• Experience in coding texts (content analysis) [desirable]
• Interest in politics, immigration, or both [desirable]

• Selecting newspaper articles from databases following guidelines
• Coding the contents of newspaper articles following guidelines
• Alert team members of unexpected situations
• Other duties as mutually agreed

How to apply:
Please fill in a short form online at: and attach your CV to that form.
Closing Date : 20 January 2019

Enquiries: contact Didier Ruedin at

Scientific collaborator

Call for Application – Scientific Collaborator at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel
0.7 FTE (29.5 hours per week)

Two years appointment

The Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies intends to appoint one scientific collaborator. Potential candidates must hold a MA degree in Political Science, Sociology, Migration Studies, or a related discipline, and excel in research.

The research component of this position are part a SNSF project on explaining naturalized citizens’ political engagement. The project wants to analyze the political preferences of naturalized citizens, the drivers to become active participants in left and right wing parties and how they make sense of their background with regard to the party’s discourses. This will be measured based on content analyses and biographical interviews.

• Research in the context of the SNSF project

• Completed MA thesis in political sciences, sociology, migration studies, or a related discipline, preferably with specialization in political sociology
• Professional linguistic skills in both English and (Swiss-) German (essential). Excellent knowledge in French and Italian are an asset.
• Expertise in qualitative empirical research (content analysis, interviews)

Further information:
More information may be obtained from the Chair of the selection committee, Prof. Dr. Gianni D’Amato, through

The salary is commensurate with the tariffs applied by the University of Neuchâtel (see The initial appointment is limited to two years and is intended to start March 1, 2019 (or by mutual agreement). The University of Neuchâtel is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Women and candidates with a migratory history are encouraged to apply.

Job application:
Applications should include a motivation letter, and a full CV. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. Please send to Ms Nadja Rinchetti ( / +41 32 718 39 20) by email or post.

Last updated: 10 January 2019