Assistant in American Literature

University of Lausanne

The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,900 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 Faculty of Arts of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a full-time assistantship in American Literature in the English Department.

Job information
Expected start date in position : 1 September 2018
Contract length : One-year contract, followed by two-year contract, renewable once only, for a total of five years maximum
Activity rate : 100%
Workplace : Lausanne-Dorigny

Your responsibilities

  • 50% min. doctoral research (PhD thesis)
  • 50% max. teaching and administration

The appointee will be expected to

  • Conduct research (50% time) and complete a PhD thesis in the field of American Literature
  • Teach a first-year or BA-level course (2h/semester) in American Literature
  • Participate in administrative tasks and contribute to the life of the English Department

Your qualifications
All applicants must have an MA (or equivalent degree) in modern English or American literature.
The candidate should have graduated in Modern American Literature, preferably specialising in African American, Native American or Ethnic American literature.
Applicants with an interest in feminism or gender studies, an interest in war writing, or environmental issues will also be considered.
Proficiency in French is required. Preference will be given to candidates with an aptitude for teaching and an ability to work independently.

What the position offers you
We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training.
Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

Contact for further information
Please contact : Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (, Professor of American Literature.

Your application
Deadline for applications : 1 May 2018
Applications should include : a curriculum vitae (including the names of 2 referees), a cover letter, a copy of your most recent university degree(s) or diplomas, and a half-page description of the doctoral project that you wish to pursue. Candidates passing the initial selection process may also be required to attend an interview.

Please send your full application in PDF.

Only applications through the UNIL website will be taken into account.

We thank you for your understanding

Additional information
UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

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