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.

Workshop "Life course" in the next SSS/SGS Congress (Neuchâtel 2019) - The future of work

The Sociology Institute at the University of Neuchâtel is hosting the 2019 edition of the Swiss Sociological Association biannual congress on September 10 to 12, 2019. The theme of the event is The Future of Work. The document below contains the calls for abstracts for all workshops included in the program as of Feb. 15, 2019.

Pluralization of career paths in interdependent life domains: risks and opportunities


Submission deadline: April 20, 2019

How to submit an abstract

Applicants must send their abstracts to the email address provided for each workshop. They must include their name, affiliation, and contact information in the message. The maximum length for abstracts is 2000 characters (including spaces) and the deadline for submission is April 20, 2019. Any inquiries, including references cited in the call for abstracts, must be addressed directly to workshop organizers and workshop organizers are solely responsible for the review and selection of the submissions they receive.


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.

Special section in the European Journal of Ageing - Loneliness in ageing populations

This special section aims to concentrate on one facet of vulnerability: loneliness understood as the feelings arising when one perceives a discrepancy between desired and actual number and quality of social relations.

There is an abundance of literature on the issue of loneliness covering loneliness in the context of old age, coping strategies and interventions to prevent from loneliness, factors leading to such feelings, and comparisons between different countries. There is an increasing literature on loneliness feelings among older migrants, yet there are not many studies comparing older natives and migrants.

The population at the core of this special section is that of older persons. The aim is to grasp the heterogeneity of this population and accordingly how loneliness is experienced in different groups of elderly: persons with or without a migration background, minorities both ethnic, but also sexual minorities, vulnerable persons, and so on.


  • for submitting abstracts: 1 May 2019
  • for full papers: 1 September 2019

The special section invites contributions that discuss some of the following issues:

  1. The role of the life course for old-age loneliness,
  2. Loneliness feelings at different moments in the life course and their impact on old-age loneliness,
  3. Factors protecting from loneliness feelings in old age,
  4. Methodological developments to measure loneliness and cross-cultural validations.

With regard to research methodologies, qualitative studies are particularly welcomed. Also, the special section aims to talk across disciplines and research fields, welcoming papers from sociology, migration studies, gerontology, psychology, socio-economics and public health.

Interested scholars are invited to submit an abstract to Oana Ciobanu (, no later than 1 May 2019.

Your submission for the special issue should include the following:

  • Name, email address, and affiliations of all the authors,
  • Title of the paper,
  • Abstract of around 500 words (topic, aim and research question, theoretical perspective, methodology and main results).

The guest editors will decide on the acceptance or rejection of the abstract until 15 May 2019. Selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper (max. 5000 words for empirical papers, including qualitative studies, and max. 8000 words for reviews or theoretical articles) via the Editorial Management system of the European Journal of Ageing. The deadline for full papers is 1 September 2019. The papers will go through the usual peer-review process.

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