Assistant Professor of Climate Policy & Decision-Making

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Assistant Professor of Climate Policy & Decision-Making

The University of St.Gallen and its School of Economics and Political Science are inviting applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Political Science with a focus on Climate Policy & Decision-Making (level of employment at 75%). The position is co-sponsored by the Institute for Economy and the Environment and the University’s Climate Solutions Task Force, which aims at contributing to the UN’s Race to Zero initiative through research, teaching and outreach. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to publish internationally recognized research in leading scientific journals at the intersection of political science and climate change. In line with the University’s mantra “From insight to impact”, we are looking for candidates who can combine scientific rigour with practical relevance. The empirical fo­cus shall be on one or more of the domains most crucial for climate change mitigation. Candidates are expected to have strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills and should be able to combine an international perspective with relevance to the local context. Teaching can be in English exclusively. The University’s administrative language is German and speaking the language is an advantage in interact­ing with local stakeholders. If the successful candidate has no prior knowledge of German, he or she will be expected to acquire a passive knowledge of the language within two years.

Candidates further should show dedication to teaching excellence, as evidenced through student evalua­tions and/or a certificate in teaching and learning in higher education, among others. They are expected to teach courses in the International Affairs programmes as well as the interdisciplinary Managing Cli­mate Solutions programme of the University of St.Gallen, thereby further strengthening ties between the Department of Political Science and the School of Management. Experience with innovative teaching for­mats and the ability to relate current trends in policy and business to engaging discussions in the class­room are particularly appreciated, as is prior experience in supervising bachelor’s and master’s theses.

We seek to fill the position per February 1st, 2023, or by mutual agreement. Interviews are thought to be conducted in person on August 23rd, 2022. For further information, please contact Professor Dr. Dirk Lehmkuhl, Chair of the Appointment Committee (

The application should include a cover letter detailing your research interests, teaching experience and motivation for applying (max. 3 pages), curriculum vitae, publications list, a recent paper that best repre­sents your current research profile, and contact information for two references that we may contact if shortlisted for the position. Candidates should submit their application to the President of the University of St.Gallen, Professor Dr. Bernhard Ehrenzeller online via at the latest by June 18, 2022.

The University of St.Gallen is strongly committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity. We specifically encourage women and applicants with backgrounds underrepresented among our current faculty to apply.

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