Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Hydrology and environmental change

University of Lausanne (UNIL), Lausanne, Switzerland
Closing date: 15 January 2023

The Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment (FGSE) of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Hydrology and environmental change, to be based at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST).

The successful candidate will be expected to develop links with some of the existing research strengths at IDYST, including climate change, soil science, biogeochemistry, aquatic ecosystems, Alpine environments, and remote sensing.  UNIL welcomes candidates who are willing to address sustainable water management in the context of the planet boundaries framework, by collaborating with other institutes and University-wide collaborative platforms (e.g., CLIMACT, CIRM, Competence Centre in Sustainability). Support will be provided to allow the successful candidate to successively grow into the position.

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track) for which the net academic age since the PhD (see below) should be less than 8 years at the advertised starting date. However, UNIL will consider outstanding candidates for direct appointment at the Associate Professor level, particularly if this corresponds with the equal opportunity objectives.

  • Starting date: 1 August 2023 (or to be agreed upon)
  • Contract length: 2 years renewable twice (6 years). Tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor expected after 5-6 years.
  • Activity rate: 100 % (or to be agreed upon)
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne (Géopolis building)

The successful candidate is expected to i) develop a competitive research program with external funding within the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, ii) teach hydrology-related courses at the BSc and MSc levels that links both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, as well as field classes, and iii) supervise bachelor, master, and doctoral students.

A PhD in a relevant area at the date of appointment is required and postdoctoral experience is expected. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity to undertake high quality research, to obtain research funding, and to publish in peer-reviewed international research journals. A demonstrated potential for teaching and for supervising master and doctoral theses is required. If French is not the native language, teaching ability in French must be acquired within two years of the appointment.

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