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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Swiss and comparative politics

Workplace1015 Lausanne, Bâtiment Géopolis, Quartier Unil-Mouline, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


Tenure-track assistant professor: 2 years, renewable twice. At the end of the 4th year, an evaluation procedure is initiated to tenure at the rank of associate professor. Associate professor: 6 years, renewable
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Job Start01.08.2025

UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 17,000 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.

In order to complete our team, the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) wishes to expand its team by recruting a :



In your functions, you will have to :

Teaching (45%)
Six hours a week of teaching throughout the year in French, at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. Additionally supervision of Master’s dissertations and PhD theses. A release from one hour’s weekly teaching / year will be granted during the pre-tenure period.

Research (45%)
The person recruited will pursue their own research in Swiss and comparative politics with a focus on Swiss political institutions.

It is expected that the post-holder will be affiliated to the Laboratory for Analysis of Governance and Public Policy in Europe (LAGAPE) of the Institute of Political Studies and will collaborate with its members on joint projects. They will be expected to produce high-quality academic publications.

They will also seek external funding, in particular from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

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 Research Centre, Institute, Faculty, University or university decision-making bodies.


In order to complete our team, we are looking for someone with the following skills :

  • Doctorate in political sciences, public administration or equivalent;
  • Academic teaching experience;
  • Proven research record in the field of Swiss and comparative politics;
  • Excellent links with national and international networks;
  • Ability to attract external funding;
  • Openness to a diverse range of research methods: qualitative, quantitative and combined;
  • A detailed understanding of Swiss politics is required;
  • Oral and written proficiency in French, in a second national language and English.

We offer

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.

Directive de la Direction 1.4 sur la prétitularisation conditionnelle « tenure track » .

Contact and Address

Deadline : 31.08.2023

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

  • A cover letter,
  • An academic CV including a full list of publications,
  • A copy of all diplomas and qualifications,
  • A selection of five publications in PDF format.

Only applications submitted via the online system will be considered.

References: a maximum of three names with e-mail addresses is sufficient. There is no need to contact them at this stage of the application process; we will do so if necessary.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Jean-Christophe Graz



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