POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER – In the field of low-quality work, poverty and well-being 80%

Starting in January 2024 (one-year contract followed by another one-year contact) Salary class 15 (Canton of Geneva) 

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to a research project on the dynamics of low-quality work, in- work poverty and subjective well-being in Switzerland and in the UK. 

In a dynamic environment, this position allows you to: 

  • Develop your skills and knowledge in the areas of research and statistical methods used, 
  • Enhance your curriculum vitae with publications in the high-quality journals we aim for, 
  • Demonstrate autonomy and initiative, 
  • Develop cooperation skills in an international environment through the cooperation with Cardiff University. 

Main tasks, carried out under the supervision of Prof. Eric Crettaz (HETS) and Dr. Rod Hick (Cardiff University) : 

  • Constructing indicators of low-quality employment, working poverty and subjective wellbeing on the basis of the variables available in the Swiss Household Panel; assessing the reliability of these indicators over time, 
  • Ensuring the comparability of indicators derived from SHP data with indicators derived from the UK Understanding Society survey, in close collaboration with the team at Cardiff University, 
  • Carrying out longitudinal statistical analyses on Swiss Household Panel (SHP) data, such as sequence analyses and multinomial logistic regression, as well as other methods the successful applicant might suggest, 
  • Writing publications targeting high-quality journals, 
  • Writing conference papers and presenting them at international events. 

Requirements : 

  • PhD in Sociology/Social sciences, Human geography, Demography or Economic Sciences, with a focus on one of the research topics – low-quality work/precarious employment, in-work poverty, labour-market related subjective well-being, 
  • Very sound knowledge of multivariate statistical analysis, with prior knowledge of the statistical methods mentioned above, 
  • Excellent written and oral command of English, and English mother tongue is an advantage; Some knowledge of French is useful, 
  • Good track record in high-quality publications based on statistical analyses. 

Characteristics of the position: 

  • The research project will last 24 months. A one-year contract will be provided, and will be renewed for the remaining 12 months 
  • The salary class for this position is class 15 – 4 annuities 

Deadline for application: Applications (letter of intent, letter of recommendation, CV and diplomas) should be submitted before 9 October 2023 to Ms. Adriana Cosandey, 

Start date: 8 January 2024
Place of work: HETS Geneva or to be agreed upon 

The HES-SO Geneva / HETS adopts an equal opportunities and diversity recruitment policy. 

Benefits: The salary and working conditions are in accordance with the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation 

For further information, please contact the HETS’ Human Resources Department:, Phone: +41 22 388 94 26.