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Professor in psychology of career guidance

Closing Date
Workplace1015 Lausanne, Bâtiment Geopolis 1, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


tenure track assistant professor: 2 years, renewable twice (6 years in total), associate professor : 6 years renewable
Occupation rate
Job Start01.08.2020

UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 15,500 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.

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Teaching (45%)

Six hours of teaching a week, throughout the year, at Bachelor (BA) and Master (MA) levels, determined in accordance with institutional requirements, including
  • Introductory lecture course in the psychology of career guidance (BA level, 28 hours, 3 ECTS)
  • Seminar in research design and methods (BA level seminar, 56 hours, annual, 6 ECTS)
  • Lecture course in the psychology of life-long careers and career guidance, precise topic to be determined according to the candidate’s area of research (MA level lecture course, 56 hours, 6 ECTS)
  • Seminar in the psychology of life-long careers and career guidance, precise topic to be determined according to the candidate’s area of expertise (MA level seminar, 28 hours, 3 ECTS)
Supervision of MA dissertations and PhD theses.

Research (45%)

The post-holder will pursue research in the psychology of life-long careers and career guidance, on one of the topics indicated above (sustainable careers, life-long learning, life-long career guidance, etc.). The post-holder will be affiliated to one of the research centres in the Institute of Psychology. S/he will be expected to produce high-quality academic publications.

S/he will seek external funding, in particular from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
Collaboration with the LIVES national research centre on Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course
Perspectives (PRN LIVES) is also possible.

Administrative responsibilities (10%)

In accordance with statutory requirements and in the name of collegiality, the post-holder will take on any administrative tasks that may be assigned to them by the Institute, Faculty, University or university decision-making bodies.


  • Doctorate in psychology or equivalent;
  • Good academic teaching record;
  • Proven research record in one or more of the following areas: sustainable careers, life-long learning, life-long career guidance, social and occupational insertion and integration, resources and vulnerabilities in unstable and shifting labour markets, promoting well-being at work;
  • Desired experience in practical career guidance and support;
  • Good international networks;
  • Expertise in a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods would be an advantage.

We offer

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.
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Contact and Address

Deadline : 31.01.2020

Candidates are invited to submit their application in PDF format via the online recruitment system containing a cover letter, academic CV (including list of publications), copies of diplomas and qualifications and five main publications. Only applications submitted via the online system will be considered.

References: maximum three contact names with e-mail addresses are sufficient. There is no need to solicit them at this stage of the application; we will do it if necessary.



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