PhD Students with a Teaching Assistant Contract

Every year, the Geneva Graduate Institute recruits PhD students to work on a teaching assistant contract for courses in disciplinary and interdisciplinary programmes.

We offer

  • An attractive position combining autonomy and responsibility in an international working environment
  • An opportunity to professional fulfillment in a dynamic setting

    General description of the position And requirements



    • Excellent command of oral and written English
    • Intermediate level in both oral and written French will be an asset
    • Keen interest for developing pedagogical skills
    • Ability to advise students, particularly in terms of academic writing
    • Excellent organizational skills and proactive outlook
    • Good time management skills
    • Analytical mind and ability to synthesize information
    • Multitasking approach and flexibility
    • Team spirit


    • PhD students at the Graduate Institute (years 2-5)

    Training for PhD students with a teaching assistant contract

    • Professional Development Programme (PDP)

    The objectives for the PDP are to acquire new methods for university teaching and learning; build transferable professional skills develop writing and public speaking skills, develop a strategy for PhD/research funding; balance academic demands with a healthy life (stress management); study transformations and challenges of world education.

    As well as Skills and Networking workshops, PhD students will have the opportunity to follow various CUSO workshops on general skills.

    Period of contract

    • Annual contract: 01.09 – 31.08
    • Semester contract (ANSO): Fall 01.09 – 28.02/ Spring 01.02 – 31.07


    • Remuneration is combined between an excellence scholarship and a salary.

    Activity rate
    Part time (45% based on 15 hours per week)

    PhD students with a teaching assistant contract must:

    • devote 15 hours per week during the 42 weeks of the academic year to teaching assistant activities.
    • devote 23 hours to the compulsory skills workshop courses.

    Job announcement

    • New recruitment for the academic year 2023-24 will start in April 2023
    • If there are any positions available during the year, they will be published on our job portal

    Please read the following documents carefully: 

    How to apply

    • All applications should be submitted by the 5th of May 2023

    Please provide the following documents when submitting an application:

    When applying for the first time:

    1. Motivation letter
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae
    3. One recommendation letter by a faculty member (recommendation letter is not necessary for the International Law Department)
    4. Latest transcripts

    When renewing a contract:

    1. Motivation letter
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae
    3. Appraisal form(s)


    For all questions, please send an email to:

    Department-related questions:
    Please contact your department manager

    Meet with your Assistants' Association (ADA)
    Student Support