Graduate Assistant in urban and environmental Geography
Université de Lausanne
Lausanne, Suisse
vor 4 Tg.


The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where nearly 15,000 students and 5,000 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study.

Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.


The (IGD) seeks to fill a position of Graduate Assistant in Human Geography, for a maximum period of 5 years under the responsibility of Dr Joëlle Salomon Cavin, senior researcher and lecturer.

The IGD is an interdisciplinary community of about 100 academics that work in the fields of Geography and Sustainability.

With 15 professors and more than 40 PhD students, the department offers a vibrant, stimulating environment for cutting-edge research.

It hosts regular lecture series and distinguished guest researchers from around the world.

Job information

Starting date : 01.11.2020 (or agreed upon date)

Contract length : 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years

Activity rate : 80%

Workplace : University of Lausanne, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, Lausanne, Suisse

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will develop personal research leading to a PhD in Human Geography with a specialization in Environmental and Urban Geography.

Her / His research should focus on one of the following topics :

  • undesired nature in the city (invasive plants, pests, etc.),
  • the management of nature in the city, especially trees, from the perspective of climate change,
  • urban and peri-urban protected areas.
  • The candidate will devote at least 50% of working time to her / his PhD research, with the remaining time reserved for supporting Joëlle Salomon Cavin’s teaching and research activities.

    Your qualifications

    The successful candidate is expected to have earned a Master’s degree in Geography or other discipline in the humanities and social sciences with a strong interest in issues related to urban nature and life sciences.

    Training in biology with a proven interest in the social sciences and the city is also possible.

    The candidate must be able to demonstrate expertise in qualitative methods, appreciate observation and fieldwork, have strong writing skills and demonstrate an interest in Science and technology studies (STS).

    French and English language proficiency is expected (French is the working and teaching language at UNIL).

    What the position offers you

    We offer a stimulating work environment and atmosphere, with dedicated support for developing an academic career. Members of our research groups become part of international networks and benefit from opportunities to attend conferences and workshops around the world.

    We offer an excellent remuneration package and additional funds for fieldwork and conferences. Different formation opportunities are possible at UNIL or in Swiss institutions that promote doctoral research.

    Your application

    Deadline : 25.09.2020

    Please submit the following documents only via the career website of the University of Lausanne :

  • cover letter detailing how the profile of the candidate matches the criteria above;
  • a short (2 3 pages) proposal for doctoral research, including how it aligns with Dr Salomon Cavin’s interests;
  • full CV;
  • scans of university degrees and course transcripts / marks;
  • 20-25 pages writing sample (excerpt from master’s thesis or research paper).
  • Only applications through the website will be taken into account.

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