Post-doc in monitoring of socio-ecological mountain systems

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The Interdisciplinary Center for Mountain Research (CIRM) is offering a competition for the post of  First Assistant (Post-doc) in monitoring socio-ecological mountain systems .

The CIRM brings together more than 90 researchers who work on mountain themes by associating the human sciences and the natural sciences. It offers an international, interdisciplinary, stimulating environment conducive to high-level research. It regularly hosts conferences and guest researchers and develops research geared to the needs of mountain regions, in particular the Valais and Vaud Alps.

Job related information

Starting date:  01.10.2021

Contract duration: 1 year

Activity rate: 90%

Place of work: University of Lausanne, Interdisciplinary mountain research center, UNIL-Sion site, Bramois, Switzerland

Your activities

The candidate will work on the BlueMount project ( ) which aims to develop a platform for monitoring socio-ecological mountain systems on a regional scale. By socio-ecological mountain systems, we mean any system at the interface between nature and society in mountain regions.

The recruited person will be responsible for (1) developing the conceptual framework of the monitoring program, integrating environmental and societal monitoring in a balanced manner; (2) to implement a prototype for socio-ecological monitoring of the CIRM mountain study region based on multivariate indicators; and (3) publish the results in scientific journals. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with the BlueMount project team (resp. Christophe Randin and Davnah Urbach) and with the project steering committee (led by Iago Otero). The research will be supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Reynard, (director of CIRM) and Dr Christophe Randin (resp. BlueMount).  

The candidate will devote 80% of his / her time to his / her personal research work within the framework of the BlueMount project and 10% to interdisciplinary activities of the CIRM (seminars, workshops, exchanges with other researchers, etc. .).

A description of the Blue Mount project is available from Prof. Emmanuel Reynard ( [email protected] ).

Your profile

The candidate must have a doctorate in interdisciplinary environmental sciences, or a doctorate in social sciences or natural sciences, with skills in the socio-ecological analysis of mountain environments. A good knowledge of public environmental policies in Switzerland and proven skills in geomatics approaches (database management, GIS, remote sensing, for example), environmental or societal monitoring, or integrated monitoring approaches (socio- ecological) are expected. Language skills in French and English are expected.

Your advantages

The CIRM offers a stimulating environment and a culture conducive to the development of a research career. CIRM members are registered in international research networks and first assistants are encouraged and supported to participate in international conferences. UNIL offers a competitive salary and financial support for carrying out fieldwork and attending congresses. In addition, various additional training possibilities are available either at UNIL or within Swiss organizations that promote doctoral and post-doctoral research.

Your canditate file

Application deadline:  23.08.2021

Interested parties are requested to send us the following documents – in PDF format – via the online system of the University of Lausanne:

– Cover letter ;

– A complete curriculum vitae;

– A copy of the university diplomas obtained;

– The doctoral thesis;

– One to three articles representative of the work carried out (notably highlighting skills in the analysis of socio-ecological systems and / or in geomatics or integrated monitoring approaches).

Only application files sent via the online system will be taken into consideration. We thank you for your understanding.

For further information

Teacher. Emmanuel Reynard ( [email protected] ).

Interdisciplinary Mountain Research Center (CIRM):

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