Research Associate in the field of survey methodology (80%)

The 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: 01.06.2021

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 ideally using FORS data (50% of working time). For more information please visit our websites: and

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Your qualifications

  • An advanced academic degree in the social sciences (Dr., Ph.D);
  • A strong survey and 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 (based on FORS data) 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: 01.04.2021