University of Lausanne (UNIL)

Tenure Track Assistant Professor towards Associate Professor in Microbial cell biology

University of Lausanne (UNIL)

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 the position of:

Tenure Track Assistant Professor towards Associate Professor
in Microbial cell biology at the Department of Fundamental Microbiology (DMF)

Starting date: Autumn 2023 or to be agreed
Place: Lausanne, Switzerland

Main missions:
• The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program funded by external sources in the area of microbial cell biology (bacteria, archaea, eukaryotes), such as, for example, fundamental aspects of cell organisation and cell division, structural or membrane biology.

• She/he will also supervise master and doctoral students and participate in the teaching activities of the Department, especially in the fields of (microbial) cell biology.

Desired profile:
• The Department of Fundamental Microbiology is looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic junior individual with a proven record of excellent research achievements, ideas and successful funding applications.

• PhD in Microbiology, Cell Biology or related field, and independent postdoctoral research experience.

• Prior knowledge of French is not required, but the incumbent will be called upon to teach in French after a period of adaptation (LM or minimum B2 level, C1 ideal).

The Department has excellent experimental facilities and access to state-of-the-art imaging, metabolomics, proteomics and genomics platforms on campus. Of particular interest are links to the Dubochet Centre of Imaging with advanced cryo-EM technology.

A start-up package as well as a yearly research allowance for positions and consumables will be available within a dynamic research environment.

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

Applications, in English, should include i) a motivation letter, ii) a curriculum vitae, iii) a list of publications, with a summary of the five most significant ones in the applicant’s eyes, iv) a brief statement (5 pages max.) of the past and future research, v) a summary of previous teaching experience (if applicable), vi) the names and contact information of at least three references, vii) a copy of diplomas, and viii) a copy of a valid identity document.

Full applications should be submitted online as a single PDF file to the University’s website by February 28th 2023 (23:59 GMT+1).

The job description is available on the University’s website.

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.