PhD- and Post-Doctoral Positions at the University of Lausanne

Applications are open for a doctoral student and a postdoctoral researcher who will participate in a 4-year project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation: “Coupled Inequalities. Trends and Welfare State Differences in the Role of Partner’s Socio-Economic Resources for Employment Careers”

For more information and information on how to apply, see:

Doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research (job description)

  • Starting date: 01.10.2019
  • Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 3 years with a full duration of 4 years.
  • Employment rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research (job description)

  • Starting date: 01.10.2019 or thereafter
  • Duration of contract: 2 years, possibly extended for 1 year on a related project
  • Employment rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis
  • Salary: 82'558 CHF in the first year


Project description:

The application deadline is 1 May 2019 through the UNIL career portal

Project aims

Understanding the way in which people’s labour market outcomes are influenced by their household members has become indispensable and timely against the background of social developments like the rise of female employment and inequality between families. The aim of this project is to investigate how the socio-economic status of both partners in a couple shapes household employment patterns over the life course, in different countries and over generations. Previous research has examined the role of partner effects, but studies explicitly addressing the time trends and country context of partner effects are rare. Partner effects may be stronger/weaker in certain countries, after different life events and will have changed in their magnitude over generations. In order to formulate testable hypotheses, theories of the welfare state are used, next to theories of social stratification and cumulative (dis)advantage as well as theories of the division of labour within families and social capital transmission. Hypotheses are tested about how specific characteristics of the labour market and family policy influence the way in which the socio-economic position of the partner plays a role. The research is based on longitudinal analyses of the European Survey of Income and Living Conditions data, the British Household Panel Survey, the German Socio-Economic Panel and the Swiss Household Panel.