FORS is the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences and an independent foundation. We implement large-scale national and international surveys, offer data and research information services to researchers and academic institutions, and conduct methodological and thematic research. FORS is centrally involved in building two new European Political Science Infrastructures, the Consortium of National Election Studies (CNES) and Monitoring Electoral Democracies (MEDem). These two research infrastructures shall contribute substantially to enable and facilitate comparative democracy research. CNES was established in November 2022 and FORS hosts the CNES secretariate. MEDem’s host institution is at the University of Vienna and FORS aims at hosting a Survey Data Center in this distributed infrastructure.
Starting date: 01.02.2023 or negotiable
Workplace: Géopolis on the campus of the University of Lausanne. Part of the working time can be done by teleworking.
Salary: According to the University of Lausanne salary scheme.
For this position, we are seeking an experienced, innovative, structured, and open-minded applicant with a scientific understanding of comparative research on electoral democracies and demonstrated project management and networking skills.
More specifically, your tasks will include:
- Building and ensuring the activities of the CNES secretariat and the MEDem Survey Data Center in collaboration with other staff at FORS.
- Building a knowledge-sharing platform for elections and coordinating data harmonization of national election study data in collaboration with other comparative projects.
- Develop and maintain the CNES webpage, contribute to the MEDem webpage.
- Support the CNES steering committee and the CNES scientific advisory board.
- Contribute to the European and international outreach of CNES and other collaborative projects.
- Conduct research based on the comparative data sets.
The ideal candidate
- PhD in political science with a specialization in quantitative comparative electoral research.
- Understanding of comparative research on electoral behavior, understanding of survey methods and survey fieldwork as well as National Election Studies and data harmonization.
- Project management experience and very good self-organization skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey complex facts in a precise and easy to understand way.
- High results orientation, sense of responsibility, reliability and flexibility.
- Fluent in English (written and spoken), German and French are a plus.
- Salaries according to the University of Lausanne salary scheme as well as good social benefits.
- Friendly, dynamic environment.
- Great surroundings and high-quality infrastructure of the workplace that is located at the University of Lausanne.
- Flexible work schedule.
Please contact Georg Lutz (georg.lutzfors.unilch) or Anke Tresch (ankedaniela.treschfors.unilch) if you have any questions.
Application deadline: 12.12.2022
We expect your full application (CV, diplomas and motivation letter). Please submit your application only at: https://www.unil.ch/carrieres/emplois-> postes ouverts.