Professorship in Development Studies


The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne plans to appoint three new professorships in its Institute of Geography and Sustainability, one of which in development studies with a focus on society-environment relationships in the Global South. A background in geography, sociology, anthropology or a related discipline is required. Furthermore, demonstrable experience with inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations and with field-based research are essential.

The successful candidate will teach human geography, development studies and qualitative/mixed methods at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels. She/he is expected to build up and lead a vigorous, internationally recognized research program attracting external funding.

Depending on experience, the appointment is expected at the rank of full professor or at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor with the possibility of full professor status within 5-6 years. The University of Lausanne seeks to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff and strongly encourages applications from women.

Application deadline: September 30, 2013

Starting date: August 1, 2014 (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 year of birth and the date of thesis with its title
  • a list of publications, highlighting the five most important and briefly mentioning the reasons for this choice
  • 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 about the Faculty is available at:

For any specific enquiries, please contact: Prof. François Bussy (, Dean of the Faculty.

The application should be sent electronically to: Please note that the maximum file size that can be received by the University of Lausanne email system is 10 Mb. Larger files should be split accordingly and sent sequentially.

A hard copy should be posted to: Doyen de la Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement, Université de Lausanne, Bâtiment Géopolis, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland).

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