Call - PhD Position in Social Inequality & Social Policy (Univ of Lausanne CH)

Deadline: 30 June 2020

Doctoral Research Position in Social Inequality and Social Policy, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution
composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and
nearly 3,900 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 Institute of Social
Sciences (ISS) invites applications for a position as:

Doctoral student in Social Inequality and Social Policy (100%)

Starting date: 01.09.2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 2 x 2 years, with a maximum duration of 5 years.
Employment rate: 100%
Annual salary: CHF 65’000 (first year)
Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis

Your profile

 Master’s degree in Social Sciences with a quantitative component (Sociology, Political Science,
Demography, Economics, Psychology or similar degree)
 Interest in Topics of Social Inequality, Social Policy and the Life Course
 Practical experience with quantitative social science data analysis methods
 Familiarity with statistical software (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS)
 Working languages: English and French. The research will be conducted in English. Further fluency in
French can be acquired during the 1st year of employment by participating in the free courses at the School
of French as a Foreign language

What we offer / expect

 The position includes research for a doctoral thesis as well as joint research projects and participation in
the activities of the department (70% of working time) and teaching assistance on courses in the area of
social policy and social inequality as an assistant in the classroom while the course is led by a senior
academic (30%)
 We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment, linked to the
National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES ( and the Swiss Centre of
Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS) (
 Continued support and exchange during the candidate’s writing of his or her PhD thesis in order to achieve
a quality thesis during the five years of employment.
 The LIVES research centre provides a structured environment for research training with workshops,
seminars and informal exchange opportunities.
 The opportunity to participate in international research training and international congresses

Your Applicationshould include:

(1) Motivation letter
(2) CV, listing the names of two referees which we will contact independently (please do not include
reference letters)
(3) Grades obtained in Bachelor and Master’s program
(4) A short outline of the topic of interest for a doctoral research project (1 page maximum)
(5) An empirical research text as example (chapter of MA dissertation, seminar paper etc.)

Please apply here:

Graduate assistant in Social Inequality and Social Policy

Assistant-e diplômé-e dans le domaine de l’inégalité sociale et politique sociale