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Assistant Professor in Weathering and Soil Development

22.08.2017 - Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Weathering and Soil Development at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST).

The position will focus on processes in the critical zone that link the impact of weathering to the Earth’s climate and to the evolution of landscape and biomass. Research approaches that integrate different temporal and spatial scales to identify mechanisms of soil development and the quantification of rates and fluxes involved in weathering processes are highly recommended. We look for a candidate who would complement current expertise in IDYST (Aqueous and Isotope Biogeochemistry, Biogeosciences, Geo- and Thermochronology, Geomorphology) and who has the potential to establish collaborations with the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Geography and Sustainability.

The appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure track (possibility of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor within 5-6 years). An appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor may be considered for more senior candidates who would advance the Faculty's objectives regarding equal opportunities between men and women and the Faculty’s strategy regarding the recruitment of professors (see under “La Faculté -- L’égalité à la FGSE”, point 2.2 of the action plan).

Expected start date: August 1st, 2018 or to be agreed upon.

Candidates need to demonstrate an ability to conduct research of high quality, to obtain competitive research grants and to publish in international scholarly journals, combining research in areas of weathering, soil development, biogeochemical cycles and landscape evolution. An aptitude for teaching and for supervising master’s and doctoral theses is required. A good command of both French and English is desirable. If French is not the native language, the ability to teach in French has to be acquired within two years of the appointment.

Application Deadline : October 15th, 2017

Further relevant information is available on the websites of the Faculty (, the School of Geosciences and Environment (see under “Ecole des GSE” and the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics ( For specific queries, please contact Prof. René Véron (, Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment and Chair of the Hiring Committee

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