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Career Opportunities: Graduate Assistant in urban geography and complex systems (19442)
Requisition ID 19442

The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where nearly 15,000 students and 5,000 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) seeks to fill a position of Graduate Assistant in Urban geography and complex systems. This position is linked to the research group of Prof. Celine Rozenblat (Cities and Dynamics of Networks group: CITADYNE) and the Urban Matters collective of IGD.

The IGD is an interdisciplinary community of about 130 academics that work in the fields of Geography and Sustainability. With 27 professors and lectures, and more than 60 PhD students and Post-docs, the department offers a vibrant, stimulating environment for cutting-edge research. It hosts regular lecture series and distinguished guest researchers from around the world.

Job information
Expected start date in position : 01.09.2022

Contract length : 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years
Activity rate : 80%
Workplace : University of Lausanne, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, Lausanne, Switzerland

Your responsibilities
The successful candidate will develop personal research leading to a PhD in geography of urban systems and networks. The approach would be linked to urban systems through evolutionary city theory and evolutionary economic geography: multi-level and multidimensional conceptualization as well as autonomous creation. Interest in comparative analysis: statistical capabilities, network analysis, design and organization of massive geo-localized relational databases.

The successful candidate will devote at least half of their working time (i.e., at least 40% out of the total 80%) to their PhD research, with the remaining time reserved for supporting research and teaching of Prof. Celine Rozenblat in the fields of urban geography (Bachelor level) as well as in socio-economic clusters in the strategies of cities within globalization (Master level).

Your qualifications
The successful candidate is expected to have earned a Master degree (or equivalent) in “Urban geography” or “Spatial analysis” or “Regional and urban economy” or “Urban sociology”. A high-level understanding of multi-level urban systems and statistics is essential.

Proficiency in English and good level in French are expected (French is the teaching language at UNIL as well as the main idiom of interaction within IGD.)

What the position offers you
We offer a stimulating work environment and atmosphere, with dedicated support for developing an academic career. Members of our research groups become part of international networks and benefit from opportunities to attend conferences and workshops around the world.

We offer an excellent remuneration package and additional funds for fieldwork and conferences. Different formation opportunities are possible at UNIL or in Swiss institutions that promote doctoral research.

Contact for further information
Prof. Céline Rozenblat (

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Your application
Deadline : 20.05.2022

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF only via the career website of the University of Lausanne:
– letter of motivation
– full CV
– a short proposal (2-3 pages) for doctoral research specifically linked to the job description: multi-level urban complex systems
– scans of university degrees and course transcripts/marks
– the Master thesis (and a research paper, if available).

Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

We thank you for your understanding.
Additional information
UNIL is committed to equal opportunities and diversity.

UNIL supports early career researchers.


Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Three Faculty Positions in Social and Cultural Geographies of Asia
Assistant Professor (tenure track)

The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to appoint up to three emerging scholars in the field of Social and Cultural Geographies of Asia. The successful candidates will be affiliated with the Department’s Social and Cultural Geographies (SCG) research group.

While recruitment is not limited to the following topics, we particularly welcome applications from social and cultural geographers whose research is empirically informed and theoretically addresses:

• Geographies of resilience and/or vulnerability, such as to do with climate risks and hazards, informality, ageing and life course, rural and peri-urban geographies and the digital divide

• Children and/or youth geographies

For candidates who do not have previous experience of researching in/on Asia, it is important to demonstrate evidence of an ability and willingness to develop research projects in/from the region.

The NUS Department of Geography has a long and rich tradition of social and cultural geography research, with well-established strengths in scholarship on cultural/heritage landscapes, migration and transnationalism, cities, gender, and geographies of tourism. In more recent years the SCG research group has developed other research strands including ageing and care, children and young people, pedagogy innovations and urban liveability. The group is currently organised around two inclusive and overlapping themes: mobilities and urban life.

SCG members have strong collaborative relations with colleagues in the other two research groups in the Department (Politics, Economies and Space, PEAS, and Tropical Environmental Change, TEC) and scholars in cognate disciplines, particularly as part of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. NUS, is ranked among the world’s most highly reputed universities and provides a generous and well-resourced environment in terms of funding and other research support. For more information on the NUS Department of Geography, please see:

In terms of teaching and academic responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to:

a) Contribute to the Department’s internationally recognised research activities;

b) Teach a minimum of two modules per academic year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level;

c) Perform administrative/service duties commensurate with a tenure-track appointment.

Interested candidates must have a PhD in geography or an allied field. They should submit an application comprising: a letter of interest with details of their research credentials and future plans; a full curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching experience, including feedback if available; and names of three referees and the candidate’s PhD supervisor(s). Please submit your application here.

An internationally competitive remuneration package, including a period of subsidised housing, medical benefits and relocation expenses (where applicable), will be offered to the successful candidates. NUS also provides start-up grants, the value of which is commensurate with experience and the position of appointment.

For further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Associate Professor Elaine Ho:

The deadline for applications is 8 April 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be notified soon thereafter, and plans will then be made for a campus visit and interview (either virtual or in-person, depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions).


GenUrb’s Research Associate (Feminist Comparative Urban Research Associate)

Purpose: The Research Associate position is funded through the SSHRC Partnership Project Urbanization, Gender, and the Global South: A Transformative Knowledge Network (GenUrb) based at the City Institute at York University, Toronto. Situated in the dynamic 21st century context of urbanization, this project aims to (i) advance theorization of urbanization through comparative research, using a five-year ethnographic investigation across cities of women’s everyday place-making strategies through waged work (in production) and their activities in their households, communities and cities (in social reproduction); and to (ii) advance analyses of the extent to which policy initiatives impact upon women’s lives, particularly Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5, on ‘gender equality’, and 11 on ‘sustainable cities.’ To do so the partnership has been conducting research and public education in eight cities in lower-middle income countries in the global South: Cairo, Egypt; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Georgetown, Guyana; Ibadan, Nigeria; Delhi & Mumbai, India; Ramallah, Palestine; and Shanghai, China.

The Research Associate will be expected to:

Analyse GenUr