2-year Position as Research Collaborator (Postdoc) at the University of Lausanne

University of Zurich
June 11, 2023
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The Institute of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Lausanne, in collaboration with the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich

2-year Position as Research Collaborator (Postdoc) at the University of

Lausanne 60 %

The LIVES Centre, at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne, is a reference center for research, analysis, and training that studies the effects of the economy and post-industrial society on the evolution of situations of vulnerability through longitudinal and comparative studies. It aims to better understand the emergence and evolution of vulnerability and how to overcome it in order to foster the emergence of innovative socio-political measures. These fundamental aspects of the research conducted at the Centre aim to give a global picture of the trajectories of individuals, taking into account the interactions between the different fields of life, such as family, gender, work, health, age, etc. In addition, researchers are studying the influence of societal structures, which can facilitate or hinder the mobilization of individuals' resources. The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development (JCPYD) at the University of Zurich is a scientific center focused on youth development and dedicated to interdisciplinary, developmental research that will ultimately improve the lives of young people. It hosts several longitudinal studies including z-proso, which studies the social development of children and youths, with a focus on aggressive and delinquent behaviour, and the Zurich Youth Survey assessing the lives of young people in the canton of Zurich.

Your responsibilities

The research project you will be working on, funded by JCPYD in partnership with UNIL and the Zurich Learning Progress Study, aims to explore the impact of socioeconomic, cultural, and developmental factors on child development and learning in the Cantons of Vaud and Zurich. Led by Professors Moritz Daum, Laura Bernardi, and Michael Shanahan, the project will collect data through online surveys and real-time, in-class assessments to create a public database on parental organization, social status, job quality, values, networks, competencies, and time allocation.

  • You will coordinate the activities to conceive and implement the project's original panel survey in the Canton of Vaud, under the supervision of Laura Bernardi.
  • You will also collaborate with the other projects' Principal Investigators in connection with the survey institute mandated to realize the data collection.
  • You will focus your research on original data on children's learning and their family environment and indicators of parents' and children's time use and social contacts.
  • You will present at international conferences and publish in scientific journals with the PI.
  • You will be involved in collaboration with societal stakeholders of the project.
  • Your profile
  • You have a Doctoral Degree in Demography, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • You have worked in or are highly motivated to research youth education and family. Experience or interest in institutional regulation of families is also an asset.
  • You are well-trained in social statistics, panel data analyses, and longitudinal research methodology and willing to learn more about advanced methods if necessary.
  • Participation in the conception and realization of a large survey is an asset.
  • You are organized, self-reliant, able to work independently, cooperative, and with a positive attitude towards teamwork.
  • You master written and spoken French and are fluent in written and spoken English. In addition, good knowledge of German is an asset.
  • What we offer
  • You will have a chance to be a part of a large-scale research project funded by the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development. The project aims at producing integrated empirical evidence to further theory, research, and practice on children's learning conditions and social inequalities among children related to family structure and dynamics.
  • You will gain experience working in an interdisciplinary team with academic and non-academic experts in the field of child learning.
  • You will work in a rich, well-networked, and stimulating interdisciplinary environment at the national research centre LIVES and have opportunities to be integrated into the LIVES laboratory of the Institute of Social Sciences. Similarly, you will collaborate closely with the JCPYD project team of University Zurich.
  • You can profit from the conference participation support but also of the LIVES graduate school (doctoral and postdoctoral level courses).
  • Place of work

    UNIL - Géopolis, Géopolis, Quartier Mouline, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

    Start of employment

    September 1, 2023

    Include in the application:

  • (1) cover letter,
  • (2) CV,
  • (3) copies of university degrees (with marks),
  • (4) copy of two exemplary papers and your doctoral thesis,
  • (5) any certificates or reference letters attesting to your professional experience,
  • (6) one recommendation letter.
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