Welcome to new staff


UNIL is delighted to welcome you to its institution and to its campus.

The employees of the Human Resources department are available to answer any questions you may have concerning your employment contract with UNIL and also to provide general information concerning personnel administration/HR, such as for example questions concerning residence permits, remuneration conditions, social insurance and the pension fund.

We also offer workshops and targeted courses to meet the needs of faculties and departments, as well as standard programmes in the field of human resources (recruitment, social insurances, etc).

Residence permits

The following links provide basic information:

Population Service
Employment Service
Federal Migration Office
Swiss Confederation website


Compensation and social insurances

The following links provide general information :

Salaries - taxes
Social security benefits
Formalities when leaving


Welcome to administrative and technical personnel (PAT)
Welcome to apprentices
Welcome to graduate assistants/doctoral students/junior lecturers


New Hire Orientation :

New Hire Orientation sessions are organised one or more times a year for all UNIL staff. They provide an introduction to the University generally, through talks, films, visits and stands, and provide information regarding your employment contract.

These sessions are organised by the Human Resources Department for Administratif and Technical staff (PAT) three times a year, for graduate assistants and doctoral students twice a year,
one session in French and one in English, and for apprentices once a year.

Invitations are sent to those concerned by e-mail.


Welcome to teaching staff


Your partner

You and your family

For those coming to Lausanne from abroad or from a non French-speaking part of Switzerland, we are pleased to confirm that support in specific areas is available to you and your family to help you settle in, after you have signed your employment contract.

This accompaniment is offered by two external providers and Human Resources Management is also available to answer any questions you may have regarding your employment contract with UNIL.

The Rectorate of the University organises the welcome for new professors. This takes place at the start of the academic year.

If your partner is looking for work in the Lake Geneva region, you can benefit from a personalised support service to help with the search for a job:

• Evaluation of employment possibilities in Switzerland; preparing for a job interview; support in preparing a CV and cover letters

• Professional networks for non-academic careers

To ensure that you settle into the region as smoothly as possible, the following services are available:

• Search for housing, tips on settling in before you arrive

• Information about day-to-day life

• Support with schooling and extra-curricular activities for children

• Assistance with administrative formalities (personal insurance, local authorities, etc)

Welcome Flyer
Welcome to faculty member process 
FAQ - Welcome


Moving costs

In respect of the appointment to UNIL of a full, associate or assistant professor, a senior lecturer or lecturer, at a rate of at least 80% and for a minimum period of two years,
the Deanship may decide to grant a subsidy to cover part of their moving costs, provided the person concerned takes up residence in the Canton of Vaud.

The amount of the subsidy corresponds to 75% of actual moving costs up to a maximum of CHF 10,000.- and is payable on presentation of supporting documents indicating the costs engendered by the move.

Directive 1.14 below on the contribution to moving costs will give you more details.

Directive 1.14 contribution to moving costs


Welcome to researchers without an employment contract

Click here to access the website.


The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre at the University of Lausanne is organised as a platform between a number of departments and faculties, and its task is to welcome new staff.

For additional questions, and for visitors without a UNIL employment contract, please contact the Welcome Centre.


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