Job Posting: Full professor or Associate professor in the sociology of stratification and/or social mobility

Full professor or Associate professor in the sociology of stratification and/or social mobility


Full-time position
– Doctorate in social sciences or equivalent
– Extensive teaching experience in the above-mentioned areas of specialisation
– Proven record of high-level research and publications on stratification and/or social mobility
– Proven record of expertise in quantitative methods and international social science surveys
– The post-holder will participate in strategic and methodological decisions for FORS (Swiss Centre
of Expertise in the Social Sciences) (
– The post-holder will collaborate with the LIVES research team (; and
should therefore demonstrate on interest in issues of vulnerability and/or life course perspectives
– Strong international networks

Teaching (25%)
Three hours teaching a week of throughout the year (84 hours in total) in the areas of specialisation,
according to study programme requirements.
The post-holder will also supervise Master’s and PhD dissertations.

Research (50%)
The post-holder will carry out collaborative research in his/her areas of specialisation with the
relevant research units in the Faculty.
The post-holder will work 30% in collaboration with FORS (Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social
Sciences), namely through:
– Participation in international surveys, including the European Social Survey (ESS), Measures et
Observation Sociologique des Attitudes en Suisse – International Social Survey Programme
(MOSAICH-ISSP), the European Values Survey (EVS), the Survey of Health, Ageing and
Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
– Involvement in the methodological programme (e.g. data quality in surveys, etc.)
– Contributing to the improvement of data collection tools and experimentation both in face-to-face
surveys and alternative data collection (online) or mixed methods
– Promoting the analysis of data collected or distributed by FORS
The post-holder will work 20% in collaboration with the PRN LIVES team “Overcoming vulnerability:
life course perspectives” (
He/she will be expected to develop high-level international cooperations and to apply for external
research funding, particularly from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Administrative responsibilities (25%)
In accordance with statutory requirements and in the name of collegiality, the post-holder will take on
administrative tasks, as required by the Institute, Faculty, University or university decision-making
In the framework of the collaboration with FORS, the post-holder will:
– Participate in defining strategic decisions for FORS (Council and Board meetings)
– Enhance and develop the relationship between FORS and the University of Lausanne (Executive
committee SSP-FORS)

Institutional environment
The post is located in the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) and the Faculty of Social and Political

Starting date: 01.08.2018
Applications should include a cover letter, academic CV (including list of publications), copies of
diplomas and qualifications, and a selection of five main publications, in PDF format, via the online
recruitment platform.
Only applications submitted via the online system will be considered.

Online application link: Full professor or associate professor in the sociology of stratification and/or social mobility

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre (
Deadline for applications: 15.09.2017

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