CIRM, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Mountain Research (CIRM) offers a position of First Assistant (Post-doc) on Mountain Socio-Ecological Systems. Deadline to apply is 31 July, 2020.

The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where nearly 15,500 students and 5,000 employees. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities. A secondary campus is located in Sion, in the heart of the Alps.

The CIRM brings together more than 80 researchers working on mountain topics by combining the social and the natural sciences. It offers an international, interdisciplinary and stimulating environment conducive to high-level research. It regularly hosts conferences and guest researchers and develops research oriented towards the needs of mountain regions, in particular the Valais and Vaud Alps.


Contract length: 1 year, renewable 1 year
Activity rate: 90%
Workplace: University of Lausanne, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mountain Research, UNIL-Sion Campus, Bramois, Switzerland  
Starting date: 01.10.2020


The candidate will conduct personal research on mountain socio-ecological systems. By mountain socio-ecological systems we mean any system at the interface between society and nature in mountain regions. The research project should be interdisciplinary (combining natural sciences and human/social sciences) and transdisciplinary (in relation with actors from the two privileged CIRM territories .

The candidate must have a proven experience in socio-ecological research. The research will be jointly supervised by a professor or MER (lecturer) from two different disciplinary fields, affiliated to the CIRM .

The research may be carried out in collaboration with one of the CIRM's partners .

The candidate will devote 80% of his/her time to personal research (post-doc) and 10% to CIRM activities.


The successful candidate is expected to have earned a Doctoral degree, with a dissertation on an analysis of the relationship between nature and society, preferably in mountain regions. Language skills in French and English are expected.

What the position offers you

The CIRM offers a stimulating environment and a culture conducive to the development of a research career. CIRM members belong to international research networks and Post-docs are encouraged to participate in international conferences. CIRM offers a competitive salary and financial support for fieldwork and conference participation. In addition, various opportunities for further training are available either at the UNIL or within the Swiss organizations that promote doctoral and post-doctoral research.


Deadline to apply: 31.07.2020

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

  • letter of motivation
  • full CV
  • a brief presentation of the research intent (5 pages). The candidate will have to propose a project developed jointly with two supervisors (members of CIRM), from two different disciplines (natural sciences and humanities/social sciences). The research proposal must clearly demonstrate how the two fields (natural sciences and humanities/social sciences) will be integrated. It should also indicate how transdisciplinary research will be carried out.
  • attestation from each of the two professors or MER (lecturer) willing to supervise the research.
  • scans of university degrees
  • the Doctoral thesis
  • one to three representative papers (highlighting, in particular, the interdisciplinary nature of the research)

Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

Contact for further information

Prof. Emmanuel Reynard 
Interdisciplinary Centre for Mountain Research (CIRM)

Additional information

UNIL is committed to equal opportunities and diversity:
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