Offre de contrat doctoral à Lausanne : Social Studies of Science and Medicine

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Within the framework of the Swiss National Science Foundation funded Ambizione project « Constructing the Biosocial: An engaged inquiry into epigenetics and post-genomic biosciences », the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) and the Sciences and Technologies Studies Laboratory (STSLab) at the University of Lausanne announce the following open position:


Doctoral Student SNSF in Social Studies of Science and Medicine


The research plan focuses on epigenetics as an eminent example of post-genomic ways to dissect and characterize the entanglement of biological and socio-environmental factors contributing to health and disease. These « biosocial » themes in epigenetics will be explored across two lines of biomedical research on « stress » focusing respectively on its role in psychiatric (e.g. depression, anxiety, schizophrenia) and metabolic (e.g. obesity, hyperglycaemia) conditions. The two lines of research are going to be pursued in parallel by the PhD student and the Project Leader, and in ways that maximise complementarity, common exploitation of data collected, and collaborations in the project. The research plan sets out to describe how biosocial accounts of « stress » emerge in epigenetics from (i) daily activities of research groups (i.e. labs, clinical departments, epidemiological research teams), (ii) collaborations across disciplinary perspectives (e.g. programs, networks and negotiations among diverse experts), (iii) specific socio-political configurations of research (e.g. institutional settings, national contexts).

Job information
  • Starting date of employment: 01.10.2020
  • Contract duration:4 years
  • Engagement rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (ISS-STSLab)
  • Gross salary: salary conditions of full-time PhD employment established by SNSF standards apply
Your responsibilities

The PhD student is expected to develop her own thesis, to actively contribute to the project, and to communicate results (orally and in writing) internally, in faculty settings and in national/international academic venues (e.g. scientific journals, conferences). The major research focus of the PhD project will be on scientists’ situated constructions of complex biosocial ontologies, experimental systems, and socio-political translations of the epigenetic effects of stress in metabolic conditions. In particular, the goal of the PhD project is to: (a) document the production of biosocial accounts of « stress » within specific epigenetic research settings (e.g. molecular biology, translational or personalized medicine and epidemiology); (b) investigate how epigenetic methods function as boundary object across disciplinary approaches to the study of « stress » in collaborative research network. The PhD student will be affiliated to the STSLab (Science and Technology Studies Laboratory) at UNIL, and work in close collaboration with Luca Chiapperino (project leader, Ambizione Lecturer) and Francesco Panese (PhD Supervisor, Professor of Social Studies of Science and Medicine).

See also contract specifications (cahier des charges in french)

Your qualifications
  • The applicant has successfully completed a Master’s degree in science studies and/or sociology of health and/or medicine, as well as related disciplines and domains.
  • Considering the expected fieldwork in the domain of epigenetics, and related areas of biomedicine, a familiarity with biomedical sources, as well as a developed skill set in social studies of science and biomedicine are advantageous assets for candidates.
  • Applicants should be fluent in English and French.
What the position offers you

The doctoral student is expected to interact closely with project members in the framework of a dynamic and international project, as well as to valorise his/her research in international peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations. The institutional affiliation to the STSLab of the Institute of Social Sciences, with its several research collaborations within and beyond the University of Lausanne, represents also an attractive element of this position enabling intellectual exchanges with peers and senior researchers working on themes related to the project at issue.

Possibilities of attending integrative courses, continuous education and university seminars will no doubt enrich the doctoral formation of the student.

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

Contact for further information

Dr. Luca Chiapperino
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Institute of Social Sciences
Email: luca.chiapperino[at]

Prof. Francesco Panese
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Institute of Social Sciences
Email: francesco.panese[at]

Your application

The application should include:

  • A motivation letter, detailing the interest and competences of candidate related to project’s topic (2 pp. max).
  • A full cv, including also non-academic information relevant to the evaluation of candidate’s profile.
  • At least one letter of recommendation.


Only applications submitted through the university website will be considered. Please send your file in Word or PDF format.


Application deadline: June 30th 2020

Interviews will take place (in person or via Skype) during the week of July 13th-17th 2020

Additional information

UNIL is committed to equal opportunities and diversity.

UNIL supports early career researchers.

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