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Assistant Professor, full-time with tenure track, in low temperature geochemistry

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Université de Lausanne

The Faculty of Geoscience and the Environment of the University of Lausanne wishes to fill the post of

Assistant Professor, full-time with tenure track, in low temperature geochemistry

within its Institute of Earth Sciences.

This post is aimed at a researcher in natural sciences within the field of Earth Sciences. The Faculty wishes to prioritise the engagement of an academic scientist, working in the field of low temperature geochemistry, and with interest in the use of in situ microanalysis. In order to support the development of our national experimental facility SwissSIMS, leadership of UNIL’s secondary ion microprobe facility is expected in due course.

Start date: 1st August 2018

Contract duration: 6 years with tenure as Associate Professor possible after 5 to 6 years

Location: University of Lausanne, Mouline, Géopolis building.

The appointee will develop a program of internationally competitive research in the field of low temperature geochemistry including eventual use of our SwissSIMS facility. The successful candidate will be expected to attract external research funds from the Swiss National Science Foundation and European and International funding programs and to publish in scientific journals of the highest international quality in their research field.

In addition to having significant experience in state of the art techniques and in situ microanalysis, and a commitment to eventual use of our secondary ion microprobe facility, we are searching for a person with:
• a focus on mineral reaction kinetics, rates of geochemical exchange, mechanisms of water-rock interaction, alteration of fluid pathways, mechanisms of precipitation/dissolution reactions, crystallization in pore space or spatial correlation of geochemical compositions; and/or
• experience of applications of their research to CO2 sequestration, geochemical aspects of energy production from the Earth’s resources, diagenesis, energy and waste storage or near surface mineral recrystallization processes.

The primary research foci of the Institute include the geodynamics of mountain chains and the physical processes related to these, the geochemistry of the Earth’s mantle and crust, the evolution of life, of the oceans and of palaeoclimate through the study of sedimentary rocks, monitoring and modelling geophysical processes at the surface, and geological risks linked to changing climate and erosion. There is a strong collaboration with the University of Geneva through the Léman School of Earth Sciences (

Application deadline: 24th November 2017 (23:59 Swiss time GMT +1)

Only the applications that have been submitted in word or pdf format using this site will be considered, more details on:

or, -> Jobs -> job ad nr 12213

They must contain:
• A letter of motivation;
• A full curriculum vitae, giving details of University training and relevant courses followed, the date of submission of the PhD thesis, a list of publications and conference presentations, a list of courses taught and details of work supervised at University level;
• A list of research projects within which the candidate has participated, giving details of the role of the candidate in the project, the project duration and the amount of funding awarded to the project;
• A short document that details the applicant’s research plans (maximum 2 pages);
• Copies of up to five publications that the candidate deems to be the most important to date;
• A list of three to five potential referees (whom the Faculty may contact).

Wanting to promote equal representation of women and men among its staff, the University encourages applications from women in particular.

Status: Assistant Professor
Location: Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
Advert Published: 13 Oct 2017
Expiry date: 12 Dec 2017
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