University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Tenure Track Assistant Professor towards Associate Professor in Microbial Biotechnology at the Department of Fundamental

University of Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland

UNIL is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 15,500 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.

The Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) of the University of Lausanne is inviting applications for position of:

Tenure Track Assistant Professor towards Associate Professor in Microbial Biotechnology at the Department of Fundamental Microbiology

Starting date: autumn 2020
Place: Lausanne, Switzerland
Contract length: 2 years, renewable twice
Rate: 100%

The Department of Fundamental Microbiology (DMF) is internationally renowned for its excellent research in various aspects of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology. Within the frame of the newly launched National Centre of Competence Research (NCCR Microbiomes), the DMF is looking for an outstanding junior individual whose research excels in microbial biotechnology (prokaryotes, eukaryotes, phages), such as microbiome, metabolic, cell or genome engineering.

Main tasks:

  • develop an internationally recognized research programme funded by external sources,
  • develop a strong collaborative research within the NCCR Microbiomes,
  • supervise Master and PhD students,
  • participate in teaching activities by the Department.

Desired profile:

  • PhD in biological sciences or engineering,
  • a proven track-record of outstanding research achievements, original ideas and successful funding applications,
  • a good knowledge of French or aptitude to learn it.

The Department has excellent experimental facilities and access to the latest imaging, metabolomics, proteomics, and genomics platforms on campus. A start-up package as well as a yearly research allowance for positions and consumables will be available within a dynamic research environment.

The job description is available on the University’s website (or QR code).

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jan Roelof van der Meer (, Head of the Department of Fundamental Microbiology.

Applications, in English, should include i) a motivation letter, ii) a curriculum vitae, iii) a list of publications highlighting and summarizing the five most significant ones from the point of view of the candidate, iv) a brief statement (5 pages max.) of the past and future research, a summary of previous teaching experience, v) a copy of diplomas, vi) and the names and contact information of at least three references.

Full applications should be submitted online as a single PDF file to the University’s website by March 21st, 2020 (23:59 GMT+1).

We offer a pleasant working atmosphere in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. There are possibilities for continuing professional education and a multitude of activities and other benefits to discover.

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.