Researcher focusing on Dual-Use Research of Concern: Chemistry and Life Sciences

The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich is a center of competence for Swiss and international security policy. It offers security policy expertise in research, teaching, and consultancy. More information can be found here. For its Risk and Resilience Team, as part of a cooperation project with Labor Spiez, the CSS Think Tank is seeking, to start immediately or by arrangement, a
Researcher focusing on «Dual-Use Research of Concern: Chemistry and Life Sciences» (80-100%)
You will provide analytical publications and policy advice papers on issues related to “Dual-Use Research of Concern” in chemistry and life sciences that harbor risks for international security. In particular, you will observe and analyze the development of fundamental research topics both in chemistry and in the life sciences. Additionally, you will track developments in the sphere of arms control and non-proliferation in connection with chemical and biological weapons and analyze the connections and interactions between the scientific and political arenas. Specifically, you will take part in preparations and post-processing of the biennial Spiez Convergence conference ( You will also participate in planning a network of biological laboratories for the UN secretary-general. You will maintain relations with foreign Think Tanks and apply your expertise in international publications. You will also communicate with the general public through lectures and media contributions.

We are seeking a candidate with knowledge of, and a strong interest in basic research in life sciences or chemistry, ideally with a special focus on the overlap between these two sciences, and with knowledge of, and an interest in arms control and nonproliferation of biological or chemical weapons. A suitable candidate will have a degree (preferably a Ph.D.) in Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Political Science or related disciplines. Excellent analytical skills and very good knowledge of German are also required.

We can offer multi-faceted, challenging work in an exciting, motivating environment at a world-class university. For questions, please contact Dr. Oliver Thränert, head of the CSS Think Tank, at Please submit your application, including letter of motivation and CV, online at (search: “CSS”) care of Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich. The application deadline is 13 November 2015. Applications received via e-mail will not be considered.

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