Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
The University of Zurich invites applications for a
Professorship of Economics in Child
and Youth Development
Applications are invited for a position as Full Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant
Professor, starting, at the earliest, in Fall 2017.
The professor will be a member of the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, whose
recent expansion is based on a contract and joint initiative of the University of Zurich and the
Jacobs Foundation. The contract foresees the establishment of three new full professorships
and three assistant professorships in the economics, the psychology and the sociology of child
and youth development. Beyond the professor‘s affiliation with the Jacobs Center, he/she
will be a member of the Department of Economics. The professor is expected to contribute to
position the Jacobs Center as an internationally leading institution in interdisciplinary cuttingedge
research in the area of Child and Youth Development.
Our faculty places strong emphasis on outstanding research and scholarship. Through its
educational and research objectives, the University of Zurich aims at attracting leading international
researchers who are willing to contribute to its development and to strengthening its
The research focus of the Jacobs Center will be to understand how economic, social, psychological,
or biological factors interact in creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles in
child and youth development. The proposed Jacobs Center expansion will be devoted to
understanding these interactions by integrating the different theoretical and methodological
perspectives necessary to comprehensively address challenges to productive youth development.
Relevant research topics could include questions such as: How do individuals‘ economic,
biological, and behavioral characteristics and educational institutions affect the course of child
and adolescent development? How do economic disadvantage and parental investment
influence the developmental processes of children and youth? How efficient are specific interventions
in terms of social costs and benefits? How can intervention programs best be adapted
to local contexts to increase their acceptance and effectiveness?
Candidates should hold a PhD degree in the relevant field. In order to increase the number of
women in leading academic positions, we specifically encourage women to apply. Further
information on the profile can be found on http://www.econ.uzh.ch/en/department/jobs.html
Please submit your application to Prof. Dr. Harald Gall, Dean of the Faculty of Business,
Economics and Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Applications via https://econjobmarket.org/postings.php?posid=3995
are accepted as well
The review of applications will begin on 1 December 2016. Initial interviews will be conducted
at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association in Chicago.