Postdoctoral position in solid Earth geophysics,
University of Lausanne


The University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland, is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5'000 employees and 17'000 students shared between its Dorigny campus, the CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility.


The Institute of Earth Sciences is looking for a postdoctoral research scientist with an interest in developing an innovative research program in the broadly defined field of solid Earth geophysics, with a main focus on seismology, gravimetry, tectonophysics or/and scientific drilling. Research interest may include any (or a combination) of the following topics which can be embedded into the candidate's own proposal:

  • analysis of seismic data for structural or earthquake process investigation, especially in orogenic contexts, for example the 2020 M6.4 Petrinja earthquake sequence (in cooperation with the Univ. of Zagreb) or based on AlpArray Seismic Network data;
  • gravimetric investigations using mainly land measurements, including the acquisition of new data with relative gravimeters, possibly combined with rock density measurements;
  • participation in the Drilling the Ivrea-Verbano zonE (DIVE) project based on borehole logs, core analyses, fieldwork, or/and related measurements;
  • developing and implementing educational aspects of geosciences, for example outreach or low-cost seismic networks, and teaching up to master's level.

Job information

Expected start date of the position: 01.09.2022 or upon mutual agreement
Contract length: 1 year, renewable 2x2 years (max. 5 years)
Activity rate: 60-100%
Workplace: Géopolis building, Institute of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne. Fieldwork and/or laboratory work elsewhere can be part of the job.

Your responsibilities

Up to 85% of the work assignment will be dedicated to own, collaborative research;

At least 15% of the work assignment will be dedicated to teaching assistance.

Your qualifications

The minimum qualification for this position is a PhD in geosciences, with documented experience on relevant subjects. Previous experience in teaching will be assessed favourably. The working language will be English, the knowledge of French is not mandatory but the successful candidate is expected to acquire some language skills. Good communication skills (both oral and written) are required, together with respectful organizational skills.

What the position offers you

We offer a comfortable working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, fieldwork and other benefits to discover.

Contact for further information

Prof. György Hetényi (

Your application

The review of applications begins on 16.05.2022; the position remains open until filled.

Please send your full application as a single PDF file including:

  • a statement of research interest (1-2 pages);
  • your CV, including list of publications;
  • a copy of your PhD diploma (or anticipated date of PhD completion);
  • name and contact details of at least two professional referees.
Please apply preferably through the following website by the deadline (, then via e-mail once this page has been closed. We thank you for your understanding.

Additional information

UNIL is committed to equal opportunites and diversity:

UNIL supports early career researchers:

posted: 21 April 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.