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Academic Career: Demands, Expectations and Preparation


1 July 2020


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 programme will include a review of the career path towards professorship, recruitment processes and CV preparation. Participants will work together to review and develop their CVs.

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.

Participants 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 date. Participants will also be asked to use this reading as a basis with which to prepare their academic CV and to bring copies to the workshop for review.

Practical Work and Follow-Up
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 matter, the language of the workshop is English. Questions may be asked in French.


Schedule: 13:00 to 17:00

Maximum 15 participants

This workshop will be held online and changes may be made to the advertised content and format. All registered participants will be contacted to confirm the details. 

Audio and video connection will be necessary to participate.



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