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Doctoral Student SNSF in Quantitative Social Research

The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 15,000 students and nearly 5,000 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.



The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research "LIVES -Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives" ( invites applications for a 4-year position as doctoral student SNSF in Quantitative Social Research under the supervision of Professor Daniel Oesch.


Job information

  • Starting date: 01.09.2019
  • Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 3 years, with a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • Employment rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis
  • Annual gross salary:  CHF 47’040.- (first year)


Your responsibilities

The doctoral student will be able to write a PhD within a new project that revisits a large sample of displaced industrial workers 10-12 years after they lost their job in Switzerland. These workers were surveyed a first time in 2011, 2-3 years after their firms closed down, and will be surveyed a second time in 2020 to provide insight into the long-term consequences that plant closure and mass displacement have on people’s lives.

The doctoral student will be able to participate in the development of the questionnaire and the fielding of the survey. He or she can then fully use these data to write his or her PhD thesis on topics such as unemployment scarring, job loss and family trajectories, job mobility and career trajectories, or some other aspect of life course sociology. There is much scope for innovation and new ideas, be it in terms of data collection (life calendars, in-depth interviews), methods or topics.


Job description

Your qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social sciences (sociology, demography, political science, economics, social psychology or similar degree)
  • Interest in topics such as unemployment, family and the life course
  • Good skills in statistics for social sciences
  • Practical ability to analyze quantitative data with a statistical software (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS)
  • Knowledge of German and, ideally, French are an advantage (questionnaires are in German and French)
  • Interest in writing an innovative PhD thesis in English
  • Good organizational and presentation skills

What the position offers you

  • To work in a dynamic research environment and to participate in the LIVES doctoral programme which brings together PhD students from many countries
  • To be able to participate in international conferences and to be funded to spend time in a mobility programme at another university
  • Continuous support from and exchange with the PhD supervisor during the candidate’s writing of his or her doctoral thesis
  • A nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training
  • Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover


Your Application

Your application should include:

  1. A motivation letter;
  2. A CV with the contact information of two persons of reference;
  3. The grades obtained in Bachelor and Master’s programmes;
  4. An example of academic writing (such as a chapter of Master dissertation or a seminar paper).

Please send your application in PDF

Note that only applications through this website will be taken into account


Application deadline: June 2nd 2019

Interviews will take place in June

More information
Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research "LIVES -Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives"

Daniel Oesch is happy to answer your questions about the project and the job (daniel.oesch [at]