Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

The School of Management and Law – with its internationally recognized Bachelor's and Master's degree programs as well as cooperative PhD programs, a needs-oriented and well-established continuing education program, and innovative research and development projects – is one of Switzerland's leading business schools. The SML is the first business school of a Swiss university of applied sciences to meet the high standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), making it one of the top 800 business schools worldwide.

The Center for Asset Management as part of the Institute for Wealth & Asset Management (IWA) is involved in the EU Horizon 2020 FIN-TECH project that aims to better understand the risks of emerging technologies (Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain) relevant for financial innovation and to improve the communication between financial market regulators and fintech companies developing these emerging technologies. To support this project, we are looking for a
PhD Student Blockchain (60%)
with a technical/quantitative MSc degree and practical experience in Blockchain technology. The ideal candidate is proficient with implementing Blockchain-based solutions and contributes to open source projects and open access publications. The position is funded for one year by the project.

Your responsibilities:
  • Contribute to the EU project by developing Blockchain-based use cases.
  • Become an expert in the application of Blockchain technology for financial market applications.
  • Start a research track record as well as a successful footprint in technology transfer.
The successful candidate has completed a Master’s degree in computer science or (quantitative) finance. She or he must have prior exposure to and strong interest in the fields of Blockchain, ideally in the application domain of financial markets. We expect a good command as well as a passion for programming. Good communication skills in English are essential; a good command of German is a strong plus. The ideal candidate is passionate about identifying unsolved problems as well as proposing novel ideas for future activities. Particular emphasis is on developing prototypes, experimenting hands-on with data, scientific evaluation and publication of results.

We offer a competitive, technically stimulating, and exciting environment as part of the EU-Project FIN-TECH which has a consortium of 25 partners all over Europe. The high-potential candidate will pursue a doctorate in conjunction with a partner university. A major responsibility is to advance the research agenda at the intersection of Blockchain and financial markets. The candidate will have the opportunity to establish partnerships with other universities, acquire funding for collaborative research, and to develop use cases. The position will also involve contributing to open source software and presenting results at scientific and industrial conferences. In addition to offering an excellent working environment, we provide intellectual liberty and competitive compensation based on Swiss standards at one of the leading houses for financial market research in Switzerland.
Do you have any questions about this position? For more information regarding the vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Peter Schwendner, Head of Center for Asset Management (phone: +41 58 934 78 86, email:scwp@zhaw.ch) or visit for further information www.zhaw.ch/iwa.

We look forward to your application via our Online Plattform to Carmen Eberle, HR Consultant in Winterthur. Please be advised, that we only take into account applications via the Online Plattform.
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