Full Professorship in Economics of the Environment

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne invites applications for a professorship in economics of the environment with a focus on ecological economics. A specialization in ecological macroeconomics (including issues such as “Prosperity without Growth”), institutional economics, natural resources and environmental economics (natural heritage, ecosystem budgets), or development studies would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be integrated into and help strengthen the existing centres of competence of the Faculty in the areas of development studies, political ecology, industrial ecology, environmental philosophy, and ethics, or geography.


The candidate must have a sufficient background and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching ecological economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching activities will also include participating in doctoral programs and supervising Master and PhD theses.


The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally competitive research program, interact and create synergies with researchers of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. The candidate is expected to attract external funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, and European or other international programs.


The successful candidate will participate in administrative tasks within the Faculty, including various committees of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment.

Specific qualifications

  • A proven ability to conduct high-quality, thematic teaching and research in the area covering ecological economics.
  • An internationally recognized record of high quality, high visibility research in ecological economics and an established international research network.
  • Capacity to direct research projects and to incorporate them in the teaching program.
  • An interest in the spatial dimension of ecological economics that might include fieldworks and, or case studies.

A good command in both French and English is preferable. If French is not the native language, teaching ability in French has to be acquired within two years of the appointment.

General information

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment [FGSE] of the University of Lausanne was launched in 2003. The FGSE was created from the merger of three Earth Science institutes and a geography institute. In 2004 and 2005 two new institutes (Institute of Geomatics and Risk Analysis [IGAR], Institute of Land Use Policies and Human Environment [IPTEH]) were added. The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment is a multidisciplinary structure, committed to combining and exploring fundamental skills combining both natural and human sciences. Its study object is the
Earth, with a focus on the human being, both as an actor and target within a natural and social environment.

In order to meet its goals in terms of teaching and research, the Faculty is part of a larger network composed of several institutional partners from Geneva [UNIGE], the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne [EPFL], and Neuchâtel [UNINE]. It also works with regional, national or international partners. Within this network of collaboration, geosciences have a central role. A hallmark of the Faculty’s vitality is the high number of young researchers from different backgrounds who vibrantly develop innovative research and ideas.

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment enjoys an exceptionally green lakeside setting. The Campus is only few minutes away from the centre of Lausanne by public transport. Lausanne is the capital city of the Canton de Vaud. It is renowned for the quality and the variety of its cultural activities.


Appointment is expected on the full professor level, but hiring at a tenure-track assistant professor level with full professor status within 5-6 years is possible for exceptional young scientists. The University of Lausanne is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women are particularly encouraged.

Application deadline: November 18, 2011
Starting date: August 1, 2012 (or to be agreed upon)

Applications are to be submitted both by e-mail and by paper copy to the Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. The application material should include

  • a letter explaining the reasons for applying
  • a Curriculum Vitae including the date of birth and the date of thesis with its title
  • a list of publications
  • a statement of research and teaching goals and interest (not exceeding 3 pages)
  • reprints of the five most significant publications
  • the names and contact information of five referees.

Further information is available on the Faculty website: http://www.unil.ch/gse. For any specific enquiries, please contact: Prof. Jean Ruegg (doyen.gse@unil.ch), Dean of the Faculty

The application should be sent electronically to: doyen.gse@unil.ch. A hard copy should be posted to: Doyen de la Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement, Université de Lausanne, Bâtiment Amphipôle, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

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