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Postdoctoral professional career development: Self-assessment questionnaire

The self-assessment questionnaire is intended specifically for Postdocs. It is meant to facilitate an annual assessment of your current position, aid reflection on your accomplishments and help you identify what is required for progress towards your professional goals.

After you finish your self-assessment, it is recommended to discuss it with a resource person such as a department head, a project principal applicant, a professor, or a mentor.

Academic Career

Career development for women

The "Programme Regard" is open to PhD and post-doc women

Carine Carvalho Arruda,
Bureau de l'égalité des chances, 
Vieux Pressoir (Maison Rose),1015 Lausanne,

+41 21 692 20 45

See also:

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Non-academic career


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Office 204,
1015 Dorigny

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Venture lab, idea, kick

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Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) start up

Incubators and canton opportunity agencies (Valais, Neuchâtel, ...)


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Multinationales installées dans le canton de Vaud

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Postdoc Workshops

Creating the post-doc's job-hunt package: finding opportunities outside the university and building applications

This workshop reviews the current employment situation, helps participants consider their options and goals and prepare for a non-academic career path, whether in the private or public sector.

The workshop is organized over two days, with a two-week interval during which participants will develop their job-search portfolio. The workshop will include:

  • How to identify the parameters of their job-search: their skills, interests and motivations, goals and methods
  • How to identify potential employers and possible employment opportunities, review and respond to job ads
  • How to develop their networking and online resources, talking about themselves and asking questions, and being "in the right place, at the right time" for the opportunities that aren’t advertised
  • Creating the elements of a CV and of a cover letter that respond to employers’ needs: their content, style, structure and purpose
  • Preparing for and handling the interview (formats, questions, expectations)

Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to complete their individual profile inventory and to return it to the trainer for feedback. Details will be provided one month ahead of the workshop.

On the first day, participants will gain an understanding of how to approach the job market (where doctorate holders work, the paths they take in their careers, employers’s needs and expectations), and how to build the elements of their application. They will explore their own profile: their skills, interests and motivations, and how they can draw parallels with advertised requirements.

In the interval period, participants prepare for the second day by creating the first draft of their job-hunting strategy: identifying job-finding opportunities relevant to their own situation, creating a CV based on the first day's work, and their own cover letter. This material will be sent to the trainer directly for personalised feedback.

On the second day of the workshop, participants will review their application material. We will also review interview preparation: the questions that can be asked, the essential points to remember. Participants will then discuss and explore the ways in which they can develop their network, find out more about unknown or unexpected opportunities, better define their own professional goals, and present themselves to potential employers.

Participants will be encouraged to create their own support group(s) after the workshop, in order to maintain the momentum and share their experiences as they continue to develop their next professional steps.

Participants will also have access to supplementary advice material covering the subjects we discuss during the two days.

Target population
UNIL Post-docs who have decided to seek alternatives to the academic career path, or who are seriously considering their options.

The language of the workshop is English. Participants may prepare their work in French if they prefer (with the exception of any work that is to be shared with the group).

Dr. Verity Elston is Director of Portfolio Formation Sàrl and of the CUSO Transversal Programme. Specialized in early career development for doctorate holders, she has broad experience in both private and public sectors in several countries. Dr Elston holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and the SVEB/FSEA Certificate in adult education, and is working towards her ICF certificate in coaching.


Dates 2017, 9.30 - 17.30

  • 4 and 8 May 2017 - FULL
  • 8 and 22 September 2017 
  • 1 and 15 November 2017

Mandatory by completing this form.
Maximum 12 participants

Mélanie Bosson, adjointe relève académique, melanie.bosson@unil.ch

Se préparer à postuler pour une carrière académique

Public et structure
L’atelier s’adresse aux chercheurs et chercheuses de niveau postdoctorat qui souhaitent poursuivre une carrière académique.
La matinée est organisée autour de deux tables rondes avec des Professeur-e-s de diverses facultés qui ont participé à des commissions de nomination sur des postes académiques en Suisse et à l’étranger et des représentant-e-s de plusieurs services centraux de l’UNIL (Dicastère Recherche, Centre de Soutien à l’Enseignement (CSE)).
L’après-midi, un atelier pratique, pour se préparer à la leçon d’essai, est proposé par le CSE.

Objectifs de la journée

    Comprendre comment se déroule une procédure de nomination à l’UNIL et ailleurs
    Réfléchir aux éléments essentiels que doit contenir un bon dossier de candidature
    Se préparer à la leçon d’épreuve

Matin – Préparer son dossier et comprendre la procédure de nomination (9h-12h)

Table ronde 1 - préparer son dossier
• Axe recherche: Dr Claire Arnold, Adjointe Recherche
• Axe enseignement (teaching philosophy statement): Dr Amaury Daele, CSE
• Axe intégration: Prof. Franciska Krings, Vice-rectrice Relève

Table ronde 2- procédure de nomination en Suisse et ailleurs
Des Professeur-e-s de facultés différentes viennent parler de leurs expériences dans des commissions de nomination en Suisse et à l’étranger

Après-midi - Se préparer à une leçon d’essai (13h30-17h30)
(Amaury Daele, Centre de Soutien à l’Enseignement)

Objectifs :

    Pouvoir situer les enjeux de la leçon d’essai et des questions du jury (objectifs, niveau de langage, public, etc.)
    Se préparer à une leçon d’essai et aux questions du jury
    Exercer et développer ses compétences de communication orale

Organisation :

    Présentation interactive et discussions
    Réflexion individuelle et échanges entre les participant-e-s
    Microteaching : 5 minutes de présentation par participant-e-s avec feedbacks du groupe et du formateur (maximum 6 présentations par des participant-e-s volontaires)

Date et lieu
Université de Lausanne, jeudi 3 septembre 2015 (9-12h puis 13h30 - 17h30)

Atelier donné en français mais possibilité de s'exprimer en anglais

Obligatoire en remplissant ce formulaire
Possibilité de participer le matin, l'après-midi ou toute la journée

Mélanie Bosson, adjointe relève académique, melanie.bosson@unil.ch



Dr. Claire Arnold
University of Lausanne
Grant Office
Office 331
CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 692 20 25
Fax: +41 21 692 20 15 

Additional information

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