Assistant Professor (tenure track) in 4D digital field and structural geology

  • University of Lausanne, Faculty of Geosciences and Envrionment
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Oct 06, 2021
Full time Environmental Studies Geology/Earth & Ocean Sciences Sciences and Technology: other

Job Description


The Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment (FGSE) of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a professorship in 4D digital field and structural geology, to be based in the Institute of Earth Sciences (ISTE).

 We are looking for a candidate capable of leveraging remote sensing technologies (e.g., UAV mapping, structure from motion, LiDAR, hyperspectral and thermal cameras, inSAR, airborne imagery, geophysics) to advance field-focused structural geology research. We are particularly interested in research aiming at understanding the formation of mountains, their transformations and rock deformation through space and time (4D) by linking surface observations with, for example, deep structural constraints offered by geophysics, structural geology concepts or process-based modelling. The ideal candidate has a strong collaborative spirit and is willing to develop scientific collaborations over multiple domains of expertise within the Earth sciences. Knowledge about geology of the Alps and/or future research plans for this region is desirable. We are also interested in candidates addressing societal challenges related to the environment, resources or infrastructure. A willingness to contribute to structural geology teaching including field-based courses is expected.

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track). However, exceptionally, we will consider outstanding candidates for direct appointment at the Associate Professor level, particularly if this corresponds with our equal opportunity objectives.

Starting date: 1st of August, 2022 (or to be agreed upon)

Contract length: 2 years renewable twice (6 years). Tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor expected after 5-6 years, leading to further contracts renewable every 6 years.

Activity rate: 100 %

Workplace: University of Lausanne (Géopolis building)

The successful candidate is expected to i) develop a competitive research program within the Institute of Earth Sciences, ii) teach courses in the Bachelor of Geosciences and Environment, and Master programs taught by the FGSE, and, iii) supervise bachelor, master and doctoral students.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate a capacity to undertake high quality research, to obtain research funding, and to publish in peer-reviewed international research journals. A demonstrated potential for teaching and for supervising master and doctoral theses is required.

A good command of 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.

Contact for further information

Other useful information is available on the websites of the Faculty ( and the Institute of Earth Sciences (

For further information, contact the Chair of the selection committee for this position: Niklas Linde, Dean of the FGSE (

Application Details

The PDF application in English must be split into several files not larger than 9.9 MB and can only be submitted through this website.

Or  -> Careers at UNIL -> Emplois -> Postes ouverts -> English -> structural geology  (or ad 18207)


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Application Deadline

15th of December, 2021 (23:59 Swiss time GMT+1)