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Graduate Assistant in Management

University of Lausanne - Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society, HEC Lausanne

Location: Lausanne - Switzerland
Salary: CHF65,000 to CHF75,800
£51,883 to £60,503.56 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st December 2018
Closes: 20th February 2019

Prof. Xavier Castañer invites applications for an assistant position at the Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society at HEC Lausanne.

The HEC Lausanne PhD program in management welcomes individuals motivated and capable of becoming competent in conducting and publishing top-rate scientific research. The program provides a rigorous and in-depth course of study in theory building and advanced research techniques (quantitative & qualitative) as well as specialized courses in the student's field of interest (in this case, strategy and organizational theory).

Job information

Starting date: To be discussed

Contract duration: 1 year. The contract can be renewed twice for 2 years, the maximum funding period this being 5 years.

Activity rate: Fully funded position (100 percent)

Salary: 65’000 CHF (first year) – 75’800 CHF (fifth year)

Required profile

  • A master’s degree in Management or Economics or related field (other social science)
  • Fluency in English (knowledge of French is appreciated)
  • Willingness to develop a thesis in the field of Strategy or Organizational Theory. Potential candidates should propose a topic related to strategy and/or organizational theory or be interested in one or several of the topics Prof. Castañer’s current research:
    • ‘Corporate’ governance and strategy
      • Determinants and consequences of organizations’ ownership composition: why and when do certain investors join the ownership of a corporation? What are the consequences of the presence of a certain mix of owners in the governance and strategy of an organization?
      • The governance of not-for profit and governmental organizations: what are their specificities? How can these organizations be better governed?
      • Cross-sectoral partnerships: How do managers of cross-sectoral partnerships deal with potential and actual sectoral logics’ clashes? How should/do they decide about whether and when to expand membership versus developing or acquiring a resource?
    • Acquisition strategy and implementation
    • Leadership, creativity and innovation within organizations:
      • How do individuals in teams which collectively exhibit disciplinary diversity generate novel and useful ideas?
      • How do top decision-makers (in cultural organizations) cope with internal and external crises?

Your responsibilities

  • 50% of the position’s time will be dedicated to the completion of doctoral studies
  • 50% of the position’s time will be dedicated to providing teaching and research support for Prof. Castañer

Your application

Deadline: February 20th, 2019 (or until position is filled)

Only applications through the University website ( will be taken into account.

Application should include: 

  • A cover letter explaining your interest and aptitude for our program. If you require financial assistance, please indicate so in the letter.
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A 2,000 word research proposal describing the research project you wish to carry out. This should include details of:
    • Your overall research question, indicating why this question is interesting for your and for research, and why now is a good time to address it
    • A concrete empirical analysis you wish to carry out, including the methods you would use to answer the research question.
    • An envisaged timetable for your work, to illustrate that this is feasible in the time available
  • A pdf copy of your MA thesis or other research-oriented output (e.g. BA thesis, seminar papers, etc.)
  • 3 references letters, ideally from scholars.

For any complementary information, please contact by email Prof. Xavier Castañer (

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