Teaching Assistants

The Graduate Institute employs around 60 Teaching Assistants 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






  • 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 synthesise information
  • Multitasking approach and flexibility
  • Team spirit


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





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.



There are approximately 60 Teaching Assistant positions open every year.

Anthropology and Sociology:  4 renewals and 3 job openings
International Economics:  6 renewals or job openings
International History: 4 renewals and 2 job openings
International Law: 5 renewals and 1 job opening*
(*fluency in French is highly preferred with very strong background and knowledge in international law from a generalist perspective as a requirement, and a background in peaceful settlement of dispute, and/or law of the sea, and/or environment, and/or criminal law as an asset but not required)
International Relations/Political Science: 4 renewals and 2 job openings
Interdisciplinary programmes: 24 renewals and 6 job openings

Job announcement

How to apply

  • New applications should be submitted before 15 May 2020 (midnight; Geneva time)
  • Contract renewals applications should be submitted before 29 April 2020 (midnight; Geneva time)
  • Replies to applications will be send by the end of May.

Application forms

  • For newly admitted PhD candidates
  • 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. Academic Transcripts with Grades

When renewing a contract:

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