First Assistant in Geography, Governance of Energy Transformations – University of Lausanne

Deadline: 31 December 2023
Position: First Assistant in Geography, Governance of Energy Transformations
Location: University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Start Date: 1 March 2024
Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable 1 year, maximum 2 years.
Activity rate: 100%
Workplace: Géopolis Building, UNIL-Mouline, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) is calling for a position of First assistant in geography (governance of energy transformations) integrated into the research team of Prof. Selin Yilmaz.

The IGD brings together around 130 members who work in the fields of geography and sustainability by combining the human sciences and the natural sciences. With 27 professors and MERs and more than 80 doctoral students and Postdocs, the IGD offers an international, interdisciplinary, stimulating environment conducive to high-level research. It regularly hosts renowned conferences and researchers from all over the world.

Description of the Research and Activities

In our research group we work on many energy-related themes from an interdisciplinary socio-technical perspective and we use methodologies developed in the field of science and technology (STS) to provide insight into co-production of the evolving energy system with cultural, political, epistemic and material elements and practices. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on several projects and develop their own research. These projects include the IEA (International Energy Agency) TCP User Automation Social License, CONNECT (Empowering Solar Energy Communities for Collective Action) supported by local stakeholders, SWEET LANTERN (Living labs iNTerface for the Energy transitioN). Depending on the background and interests of the successful candidate, specific research themes could be as follows:

  • Public engagement, discourse, sociotechnical imaginations;
  • Sustainability experimentation: Study of the methodologies and governance of Living Labs with local stakeholders, creation of a new Living Lab in Lausanne;
  • Methodologies and evaluation of the impact of transdisciplinary research within the framework of Living Labs;
  • Analysis of epistemic and practical diversity in innovation processes in social practices;
  • Institutional and political studies.

The position also includes teaching support tasks such as developing and correcting work, and co-supervising bachelor’s and master’s students. The first assistant (postdoc) is also invited to give one or two course sessions related to their research. He/she may also be involved in a Bachelor’s course (energy systems) and/or a Master’s course (governance of energy transformations).

The successful candidate will devote at least 60% of their working time to their personal research projects, the remainder being dedicated to teaching, developing projects and writing requests (grant applications). from different donors).

Your Profile

In order to be qualified for the position, candidates must:

  • Have obtained or are about to obtain a doctorate (please indicate the planned defense date) in geosciences (geography, environmental sciences), in Science and Technology Studies or other social science discipline relating to energy policies, innovations and socio-technical transformations linked to energy;
  • Having a good command of qualitative (particularly interviews) and quantitative (particularly technical-economic) methods would be an asset;
  • Language skills in French (French is the language of instruction at UNIL, as well as the main mode of interaction within the IGD) and English are expected. German would be an asset.

Your Advantages

The IGD offers a stimulating environment and a culture conducive to the development of a research career. IGD members are registered in international research networks and first assistants are encouraged and supported to participate. The IGD offers a competitive salary and financial support for carrying out field work and participating in conferences.

For Further Information

Teacher. Selin Yilmaz ( )
Institute of Geography and Sustainability:

Your Canditate File

Application deadline: December 31, 2023

Interested parties are asked to send us the following documents – in PDF format – via the University of Lausanne’s online system:

  • Cover letter ;
  • A complete curriculum vitae including a list of publications;
  • A copy of the doctoral diploma and notes from the Master’s program;
  • Contact details of two references familiar with the candidate’s academic work (no letter);
  • Two publications of academic work (articles or manuscripts).

Selection interviews will take place on Thursday January 18, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.

Only applications sent via the UNIL online system will be taken into account. We thank you for your understanding.


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