PhD Programme in Finance & Research Assistant Positions


The Ph.D. programme in Finance (PiF) is a structured program tailored towards a high-quality and internationally orientated education in financial research. It prepares students to pursue an academic career or to take up an applied research position in a central bank, an international policy institution or in the financial sector.

The University of St. Gallen is one of the most renowned universities in the fields of finance, economics, and business in Europe (it ranks, for example, 4th among European Business Schools according to the Financial Times). The program is offered by the School of Finance, one of the largest finance departments in Europe.

Several positions are still available for students to start the PiF programme in September 2020. Admitted candidates will also be hired as research and teaching assistants at their supervisor's chair for the full duration of their PhD studies. Topics for the PhD include corporate finance, private equity, asset pricing, asset management, derivatives, risk management & insurance, and cyber risk.

The salary for research assistants may vary depending on the contract offered. For example, someone who finishes her master's degree right before starting the PhD and obtains a 50% research assistant position earns about 41500 CHF per year. If this person has a 70% research assistant position two years later, she receives about 60500 CHF. In addition, there is funding for conference attendance.

Applicants need to obtain their grades for the master's degree by August 15, 2020. For more information, see If you are interested, please contact Matthias Weber at as soon as possible