Associate professor or Full Professor in sociology of education

Closing Date
Workplace1015 Lausanne, Bâtiment Geopolis 1, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
Duration6 years renewable
Occupation rate
Job Start01.08.2023

The Faculty of political and social sciences opens the position of

Full Professor or Associate Professor in sociology if education


Teaching (45%)

Six hours a week of teaching throughout the year:
  • Mixed methods in education - BA seminar - 6 credits
  • Sociology of education - MA seminar - 6 credits
  • Sociology of education - MA course - 6 credits

The postholder will supervise Master’s dissertations and PhD theses.

Research (45%)

The postholder will develop her or his own programme of research in the broad field of education, including education and training pathways, education systems (schools, tertiary, vocational etc.), governance of education establishments etc. An interest in inclusive education, and/or education on sustainability, and/or digital would be an asset. S/he will be expected to produce high-quality academic publications.

The postholder must be willing to work as a member of the team in the Institute of Social Sciences, contribute to the scientific work of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP) in the field of education (the Education and Training Observatory (OBSEF) and the Observatory of Science, politics and Society (OSPS)) and collaborate constructively with the HEP (teacher training college) of the Canton of Vaud.

The postholder will seek external funding, in particular from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and will contribute to national and international research.

Administrative responsibilities (10%)

In accordance with statutory requirements and in the name of collegiality, the post-holder will take on any administrative tasks that may be assigned to them by the Institute, Faculty, University or university decision-making bodies.


  • Doctorate in social sciences or equivalent qualification
  • Academic teaching experience
  • Proven research record in sociology of education
  • This post is open to specialists in all levels and types of education: schools, universities, tertiary education, vocational education etc.
  • Methodological pluralism required (quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches)
  • Good links with international networks
  • Proficiency in French and English is essential. Knowledge of German would be an asset

We offer

Institutional environment

The post is located in the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.
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Recruitment process and conditions of Employment for a full or associate Professor.

Contact and Address

Starting date: 01 August 2023

Candidates are invited to submit their application in pdf format via the online recruitment platform including:

  • a covering letter,
  • an academic CV, including a publications list,
  • copy of diplomas and qualifications;
  • five main publications in PDF format.

Only applications submitted via the online system will be considered.

References: candidates may provide a maximum of three references, with their names and email addresses. There is no need to provide letters of support at this stage; we will do so if necessary.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre

Deadline for applications: 09 november 2022


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2370326.

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