Ph.D. in Communication Sciences (Switzerland) Deadline: Rolling

Università della Svizzera italiana

Application Deadline


Program Commencement


Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, literally University of Italian Switzerland), sometimes referred to as the University of Lugano in English-speaking contexts, is a public Swiss university established in 1995, with campuses in Lugano, Mendrisio and Bellinzona (Switzerland).

The Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI invites for applications for a fully funded position for earning a Ph.D. in Switzerland, Lugano in the realm of a project on “smart city” initiatives. The position is an opportunity for a person keen to conduct his/her doctoral research in an international team working at the intersection between narratives of technology innovation management and the organizing of urban spaces. In addition to his/her involvement in research, the person will support the institute in its teaching engagements and other academic activities. The person will have the possibility to work with an international network of scholars in the field and to become a credible member of the academic communities of organization and communication scholars.

The position is fully funded for a minimum of three years, during which the appointee will undertake his/her doctoral studies. The research activities will be carried out predominantly in Lugano, Switzerland, where the candidate should take residence, but be prepared to international travel.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree in business, communication, disciplines related to the social studies of technology, sociology, or geography. Ideally, he/she has an international orientation, some experience in qualitative research methods (e.g. ethnography), and an academic curiosity for developing our understanding of organizational phenomena and publishing in English in high-ranked journals.

The ideal candidate is proficient in English, knows how to take ownership of a project and is comfortable with both organizing him/herself independently and working in an interdisciplinary team working with multiple theoretical and methodological approaches.

Application Process

Send your application electronically , incl.

  • a detailed CV (with 2 references)
  • university grade transcripts, and
  • a letter of motivation

to Jeanne Mengis (

Please note that the call is open until the position is filled, but envisaged to be appointed as soon as possible.

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