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Academic Career: Demands, Expectations and Preparation


11 and 18 June


Langue EN Workshop language is English

Graduate Campus


Carine Carvalho Arruda, Head of the UNIL Equality Opportunities Office.

Verity Elston, Head of career advice for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at UNIL Graduate Campus.


The aim of this workshop is to sensitize participants to the demands and expectations linked to pursuing an academic career. It presents the foundational elements of self-presentation that apply to hiring processes on the academic track, from applications to interview.

Based on discussion and intensive practical work, the first day's programme will include a review of the career path towards professorship, recruitment processes and criteria for the CV. This will enable them to create (or revise) their academic CV for review and development during the second day.

Our discussion will cover the goals of a postdoctoral phase and what a hiring committee is looking for when filling a professorship position. Participants are encouraged to reflect about their personal profile and situation within the perspective of an academic career.

As a participant in this workshop, you should be able to commit to both sessions of the workshop, and to engage in discussion with your peers. 

You should note that the Teaching Philosophy Statement is covered in a separate workshop with the Graduate Campus.




Preparatory Work

Participants will be required to read at least three preliminary articles on the academic recruiting process in advance of the workshop. Details will be provided prior to the start date.

Practical Work and Follow-Up

Participants will use their reading and the discussions on the first day as a basis with which to revise/prepare their academic CV, and share their work for review in small groups on the second day.

In order to develop their knowledge of the specificities in the hiring processes of their particular scientific discipline, participants will be strongly encouraged to follow on from the workshop by engaging in a discussion with their supervisor or a senior member of their scientific community. We will develop potential questions together to prepare for this conversation.
Given the international nature of the subject, the language of the workshop is English. Questions may be asked in French.


Schedule: 11 June: 14:00 to 17:00, 18 June: 14:00 to 16:00.

Maximum: 16 participants

A reliable audio and video connection will be necessary to participate.



Délai d'inscription 09.06.2021
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