Head of IT group (80-100%)

To strengthen our unit Infrastructure and Development, we are looking for a

Head of IT group (80-100%)

Information on the position

Starting date: 01.01.2021 or negotiable
Contract: Permanent
Workplace: Géopolis on the campus of the University of Lausanne
Salary: According to the University of Lausanne salary scheme.

Job description

For this position, we are seeking an experienced, creative, innovative, structured, and open-minded candidate with demonstrated software architecture knowledge, project management and people management skills.
More specifically, your tasks will include:

  • Management of the IT staff (planning and management of the work of the entire IT team, setting realistic goals and defining the processes to achieve them, setting realistic objectives and priorities for each IT group member, motivating the team and improving the communication within the team)
  • Responsible for the delivery of all IT projects, covering the entire process, from project planning and initiation to implementation, quality assurance, launch and subsequent maintenance
  • Support the technical leadership of experienced architects and software engineers within projects
  • Active collaboration within the projects (requirements engineering, architecture and planning)
  • Consult the FORS management board on development and implementation of the IT strategy and vision
  • Management and reporting on allocation of IT budget
  • Participation in national and international projects
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the overall FORS IT roadmap, covering infrastructure, software stack and services
  • Responsible for the day-to-day IT operations


The ideal candidate

  • MSc in software engineering (university of applied sciences or equivalent).
  • 10+ years of experience in software engineering and development
  • 5+ years of leadership experience and employee development
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey complex facts in a precise and easy to understand way
  • Ability to adaptively communicate with engineers, architects, as well as with business and senior management
  • Good knowledge and work experience in agile development methods (SCRUM)
  • Very good self-organization skills
  • High results orientation, reliability and flexibility
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Strong English (written and spoken), German and French are a plus

Work environment

We offer you a position in a well-established and dynamic environment.
More information on FORS Foundation under www.forscenter.ch.

Other benefits

  • Support in learning and building your skills (attend conferences and trainings).
  • Friendly, stress less, environment.
  • Beautiful surroundings and quality infrastructure.
  • Wide activities for improving the health and well-being.
  • Generous retirement plan.
  • Flexible work schedule.

Please contact Ms. Bojana Tasic, if you have any questions: bojana.tasic@fors.unil.ch

Application deadline: 06.12.2020
We expect your full application (CV, diplomas and motivation letter), ideally in a single pdf. Please submit your application only at: https://www.unil.ch/carrieres/emplois-> postes ouverts.

Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in (Senior) im Team "Politische Umfragen" (80%)

Stellenantritt: 1.5.2021 oder nach Vereinbarung
Vertrag: unbefristet
Arbeitsort: Géopolis, auf dem Campus der Universität Lausanne
Gehalt: Nach dem Gehaltsschema der Universität Lausanne.

Ihr Aufgabenbereich
Als wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in im Team „Politische Umfragen“ sind Sie an allen Erhebungen der Schweizer Wahlstudie Selects massgeblich beteiligt. Dazu gehören verschiedene Wähler/innen-Befragungen sowie eine Kandidierendenbefragung. Ausserdem werden Sie in internationale Netzwerke, wie die Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) und den Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS), eingebunden. Zu Ihren Aufgaben gehören zudem:

•    Durchführung der Selects-Befragungen (insb. Fragebogenentwicklung, Qualitätskontrolle, Datenaufbereitung und Datendokumentation)
•    Koordination mit internen und externen Projektpartnern, auf nationaler und internationaler Ebene
•    Konzeptionelle und methodische Weiterentwicklung der Selects-Befragungen, insbesondere des Panels;
•    Durchführung eigenständiger und international sichtbarer Forschung mit Bezug zu Selects
•    Proaktive Mitarbeit am Aufbau neuer Projekte und Einwerbung von Drittmitteln

Ihr Profil

•    Promotion in Politikwissenschaften (oder in einer verwandten sozialwissenschaftlichen Disziplin);
•    Sehr gute Kenntnisse der (schweizerischen) Wahl- und Abstimmungsforschung, idealerweise mit eigenen Publikationen in diesem Bereich
•    Sehr gute Kenntnisse in quantitativen Methoden der Sozialforschung und sichere Beherrschung einer Statistiksoftware (z.B. Stata, R oder SPSS)
•    Deutsch-, Französisch und Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
•    Gute Team- und Organisationsfähigkeit sowie eine selbständige und proaktive Arbeitsweise
•    Erfahrungen in der Durchführung von Umfrageprojekten sind von Vorteil


Wir bieten Ihnen eine Stelle in einem gut etablierten und dynamischen Umfeld. Sie werden die Möglichkeit haben, aktiv an der Weiterentwicklung der Umfrageforschung mitzuarbeiten und sich in Forschungskooperationen mit der Universität Lausanne sowie in internationale Netzwerke (CSES, CCS) einzubringen. Weitere Informationen zu FORS finden Sie unter www.forscenter.ch. 

Für Auskünfte zu diesem Stellenangebot steht Ihnen Frau Prof. Anke Tresch gerne zur Verfügung: ankedaniela.tresch@fors.unil.ch, Tel. 021 692 37 31.

Bewerbungsfrist: 20.12.2020

Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen (monatsgenauer Lebenslauf, Diplome, Begleitschreiben), idealerweise in einem einzelnen pdf, senden Sie bitte nur via https://www.unil.ch/carrieres/emplois-> postes ouverts

Research Associate in Survey Methodology


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 Social and Political Sciences covers the main branches of social and political sciences, constituting the bases of an interdisciplinary knowledge of the interactions between the collective and individual dimensions. The faculty supports a joint research program with the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS) to foster synergies between the two institutions.

FORS enhances and supports empirical and methodological work in the social sciences by conducting survey as well as substantive research based on the data they produce, in collaboration with members of the faculty. It produces important longitudinal datasets like the Swiss Household Panel and the Swiss part of cutting edge international comparative surveys like SHARE, the ESS, the EVS, and the ISSP. FORS places significant emphasis on the study of how to improve data quality, including methodological research on non-response, language and translation in surveys, and modes of data collection. FORS is hosted by the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and works closely with the university-based Life Course and Inequality Research Centre (LINES).


The Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, in collaboration with FORS, invites applications for a

Research Associate in the Field of Survey Methodology

Job information

Starting date: 01.02.2021

Duration of contract: For a period of 24 months, with a possible extension of 12 months

Employment rate: 80%

Workplace: Lausanne Mouline, Géopolis

Salary: According to the regulations of the University of Lausanne

Your responsibilities

The UNIL, in collaboration with FORS, offers a postdoctoral researcher position in survey methodology. It is expected that the post-doc will be involved in the development of web surveys and probability-based panels and methodological research linked to these. The research will consider a broad line of topics ranging from the monitoring of respondents to issues such as non-response, attrition and measurement quality. The post-doc should also contribute to the development and implementation of new, innovative projects in this area collaboratively with colleagues from LINES and FORS.

The post-doc position will structurally be part of the LINES Research Centre and the person appointed will be expected to collaborate with members of the survey teams at FORS. The position will also offer the opportunity to develop a personal research agenda (50% of working time).

See job description

Your qualifications

  • An advanced academic degree in the social sciences (Dr., Ph.D);
  • A survey and/or methodological research experience;
  • A scientific publication record in the field of survey methodology/empirical quantitative research;
  • An excellent knowledge of theories and current challenges in survey methodology, as well as advanced skills and experience of data management and statistical analysis of survey data;
  • A fluent command of English (spoken and written). Familiarity with French and/or German are desirable.

What the position offers you

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

Contact for further information

Stephanie Steinmetz – Associate Professor


Boris Wernli – Titular Professor


Your application

Your application should include: 

(1) Motivation letter

(2) CV, listing the names of two referees

(3) A piece of academic writing as example (journal article, chapter of PhD dissertation etc.)

(4) A project proposal of a potential research topic which can be conducted during the post-doc time and which fits the thematic focus of the position (max. 4 pages)
Only applications through this website will be taken into account.
Please, send your full application in Word or PDF (in English, French or German) 

Application deadline: December 31, 2020