Postdoctoral researcher position


January 16, 2023

Institution: University of Lausanne
Position: Postdoc
Deadline: 12 February 2023

Do you have a background in quantitative methods and an interest in the topic of ethnic discrimination? Are you enthusiastic about the opportunity to be part of an international team and develop research based on cutting-edge experimental methods?

The Institute for Social and Political Sciences jointly with the Graduate School for Public Administration of the University of Lausanne are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher (80%), April 1st, 2023. The postdoctoral researcher will become a member in the EQUALSTRENGTH consortium and will work in close collaboration with Prof. Stephanie Steinmetz and Ass. Prof. Flavia Fossati.


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. The University of Lausanne is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Qualified women and candidates with a migration history are encouraged to apply.

Information regarding the project

EQUALSTRENGTH is a Horizon Europe funded project bringing together ten leading international partners (Utrecht University, University College Dublin, University of Oxford, University of Amsterdam, The German Center for Integration and Migration Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, The Budapest Institute, Charles University, The Spanish National Research Council and University of Lausanne) on a broad range of social sciences (e.g., social psychology, sociology, demography, economics, social policy).

The project will investigate cross-nationally and from an intersectional perspective, why and to what extent ethnic, racial, and religious minorities are exposed to discriminatory behaviour and prejudicial attitudes in multiple life domains since birth. It studies how this continuous exposure accumulates over the life course and perpetuates minorities’ subordinate position over generations. For societies that strive to be inclusive and guarantee equal opportunities for all their members, this structural and cumulative pattern of disadvantage is a major concern.

Information regarding the position

Expected start date: April 1st, 2023.
Contract length: 2 years, with a possible extension by 1 year
Salary: The salary is in accordance with the regulations of the University of Lausanne.
Activity Rate: 80%
Workplace: Quartier de la Mouline, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.

Your responsibilities

The Postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for the:

  • Collaboration in the development of the research design, with the other consortium members
  • Organization and coordination of the data collection
  • Implementation of the data collection (three experiments in different policy domains of labour and housing market, as well as social policy)
  • Reporting results at conferences, impact events and dissemination activities, and at least in three peer-reviewed scientific journal papers
  • Co-organizing consortium meetings (e.g., preparatory meetings, dissemination and impact meetings, academic conferences, and workshops)
  • Contribute to the redaction of the periodical reports regarding the University of Lausanne and assisting with other administrative tasks and project management
  • Collaborating in administrative and project work of the research international consortium

Your profile

We are looking for candidates with a doctoral degree in the social sciences (sociology, political science, or related disciplines). Exceptional candidates expected to obtain their doctoral degree by April 2023 will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates who have already completed their doctorate.

  • Theoretical expertise and genuine interest in research on discrimination of minorities especially in the domain of the labour market, the housing market and in social policy
  • Experience in quantitative research methods with excellent skills in data analysis (Stata or equivalent);
  • A track record appropriate to the stage of their career;
  • Independent thinking and a hands-on mentality;
  • A professional attitude and conduct that includes organizational sensitivity, research integrity, pragmatism as well as excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • A collaborative attitude and teamwork orientation;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken (C2 level), is required. Proficiency in French and/or German is an asset.

Your advantages

A pleasant, multicultural, and diversified academic working environment, competitive remuneration and good international travel opportunities. We provide opportunities for continuing education, as well as a multitude of activities and other benefits to discover.

How to apply

Further information may be obtained from and

Applications should include the following materials: 1) a motivation letter stating your qualifications, fit to the project and reasons for interest in the position; 2) Curriculum Vitae including copies of certificates (all in one PDF file); 3) one writing sample (PhD thesis and/or peer-reviewed publications), and 4) the names and contact details of two referees.

Applications should be sent no later than 12.02.2023 through the Job portal of the University of Lausanne (otherwise applications cannot be considered).