Vice Dean for Research and Development 
 
 
 

The Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) is one of the largest institutions for teacher training in Switzerland, with over 3600 students enrolled in our comprehensive academic programme across the four areas of education, further training, research, and services.


Starting 1st February 2020 or by arrangement the office of the Vice Dean for Research and Development is hiring a


PhD researcher “Recognition of prior learning in vocational education and training” 70-100% (m/w/d)

The post is based on a limited assignement of 18 months and will provide initial financing during the early phase of a doctoral project in the field of research on vocational education and training. Over the first months, the successful candidate will prepare a funding proposal to be submitted to the Swiss National Science Foundation or another funding institution, to apply for ongoing funding of their research project (within the above mentioned field of research), and thereby secure continued financing of their doctorate. While their proposal is being examined, the candidate will begin work on their research project.


The doctoral project should focus on the recognition of prior learning in vocational education and training. This area of research has gained increasing momentum not only with respect to lifelong learning, but particularly given the rising mobility within and across labour markets and the growing importance of cross-national migration. The project should therefore look into the implementation of such recognition procedures in Switzerland, but also in other European countries and beyond, for instance from an actor-theoretical or institutionalist perspective.

Our requirements



In addition to this, you cannot be already enrolled as a doctoral student at the time of submitting your application, and are planning to pursue your doctoral studies in a discipline that is relevant to vocational education and training. You wish to conduct your research at a university for teacher education and enrol as doctoral student at a Swiss university, which will support your research project in cooperation with the Zurich University of Teacher Education (you do not need to have already selected a partner university at the time of application).

What we offer


The Zurich University of Teacher Education is a dynamic and diverse institution for higher education. Through our approach to combining theory and practice, we are able to offer excellent conditions for researchers in vocational education and training research. The successful candidate will receive guidance and support from Professor Markus Maurer, both in preparing the funding proposal and during the entire doctoral project. The candidate will also benefit from a varied range of support services and work within a theoretically and methodologically inspiring environment. The doctoral thesis may be written in German or English.


The remuneration depends, independently of the level of employment, on the pay scale for doctoral students set by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Once the funding proposal has been approved, the post will be extended by two to four years, depending on the availability of external funding and the time schedule.


If this is the right position for you, we look forward to hearing from you.


Your complete online application can be submitted by 8 December 2019 only through our e-recruiting application – please click on the button below.


You will be asked to upload the following documents into the recruiting tool: Cover letter (including a discussion of your motivation and your connection to the research topic), CV, an extract from one of your papers (usually your master’s thesis), and any certificates.


If you need any additional information, please contact Markus Maurer, Professor of Vocational Education (Tel.: +41 43 305 66 12, E-Mail: markus.maurer@phzh.ch).

The Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) is part of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZFH)