Teaching Assistants

The Graduate Institute employs around 60 Teaching Assistant positions every year spread over 5 disciplinary departments and 2 interdisciplinary programmes.

We offer

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

General description of the position/Main tasks

Terms of Employment - currently being updated




  • 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 student at the Graduate Institute, Geneva (years 1-5)

Training for Teaching Assistants

  • Professional development programme (PDP)

The objectives for the PDP for TA's 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, TA's 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

  • The TA position is a full-time appointment (100%), 37.5% for the TA activity and 62.5% for the thesis.
  • Full time contracts at the Institute are based on 40 hours per week for 12 months with 4 weeks holidays. TAs are not allowed to accept another work contract during their employment as a Teaching Assistant.

Job Openings

  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • International Law
  • International Economics
  • International History and Politics
  • Interdisciplinary programmes (MINT)
  • International Relations / Political Science

Job announcement

  • will be available in April 2022 (TBC)

How to apply

  • New applications should be submitted in May
  • Contract renewals should be submitted in April
  • Replies to applications are sent in June
  • Application form: for current PhD students applying for a TA contract renewal or that apply as a new applicant

Please provide the following documents when submitting an application:

When applying for the first time:

  1. Letter of motivation
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. One recommendation letter by a faculty member
  4. Grade transcripts

When renewing a contract:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Appraisals
Erdal Kaplan, Teaching Assistant

For any questions


Anastasija Preobrazenska
+41 (22) 908 62 03

Department-related questions: Please contact your department manager

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