JOB OFFER - Post-Doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research at 70%

LIVES offers a position as Post-Doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research

The candidate will benefit from continuous interaction with colleagues to diversify and increase his/her scientific experiences. The scope of the Centre is interdisciplinary and stimulates international scientific publications and exchanges (

Your responsibilities

The successful applicant will study the local context in which adverse life events are experienced, establishing whether and why specific neighbourhood and community economic factors cushion or worsen the negative effects of adverse events on people’s socio-economic trajectories. The general aim of this project is to investigate what networks people mobilize in times of hardship in their kinship and immediate environment, and how these interact with the socio-economic resources lodged within them.

Specific research questions will address:

  • The social and psychological consequences of local income inequality
  • Social factors and resources that enable individuals to overcome economic vulnerability
  • Trajectories people experience after coping with economic disadvantage

To answer this kind of research questions, the successful applicant will use data from socio-economic panels (e.g., the Swiss Household Panel), together with local economic indicators from statistical offices and public administrations (e.g. the Federal Statistical Office). The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the research team and his/her task will cover all aspects of the research process, including data preparation, statistical modelling, writing articles, and presenting at international conferences.

Job information

  • Starting date: 01.09.2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
  • Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 2 years, with a maximum duration of 3 years.
  • Employment rate: 70%
  • Workplace: Lausanne Mouline, Géopolis
  • Annual salary: CHF 57’7790 (first year)
  • Application deadline: 26th May 2019
  • Interview will take place on 21st June 2019 

See job description (in French). Only applications through this website will be considered

What the position offers you

  • A position in a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment
  • Involvement in the project “Meso-level and policy mechanisms of vulnerability” of the National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES.
  • Participation in international congresses and collaboration on high-quality international publications.
  • The opportunity to take part in LIVES activities and research training

Contact for further information

Your application should include:

  1. Motivation letter,
  2. CV, listing the names of two referees,
  3. A piece of academic writing (research article, working paper)

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.