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The University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, invites applications for the position of

Full Professor of Social Work (50%)
Post/s of Part-Time and Full-Time Research Support Officer I

Job description : the successful candidate will teach social work (at the doctoral level, with some of the courses open to BA and MA students) and will create and then manage the Transdisciplinary Institute of Social Work (ITTS) located in the Faculty of Economics and Business (FSE).

He/she is interested in social work as a study object (with a capacity to analyze social problems in an open, disciplinary manner, and with experience in applied research in the field), and in its scientific and professional issues, in cooperation with the other faculties, the other disciplines and the other institutions (in particular Universities of Applied Sciences - HES). He/she has a good knowledge of this field and its network. More specifically, he/ she is able to teach quantitative and qualitative research methods in the field of social work (whether collaborative/participatory, experimental, based on case studies or intervention-oriented), with a marked interest in the development of innovative methods. In terms of research, he/she develops fundamental research projects and projects oriented towards application and intervention on specific social work issues.

Requirements: applicants must hold a PhD in social work, a qualification deemed equivalent, or a PhD in another discipline, but with a focus on social work itself. He/she demonstrates strong coaching and teaching skills in the field. He/she has a good knowledge of theoretical discussions and practical issues related to social work, both in Switzerland and internationally. He/she has extensive experience in empirical methods and social work research. He/she has a record of high-level scientific publications of international significance, as well as ongoing research with great potential. The person hired will have to demonstrate a vision for the Transdisciplinary Institute of Social Work (ITTS) and its functioning, as well as management skills. Courses will be taught in French and English. Non-French speakers are expected to teach in French after a two -year period. German is a clear advantage.

Starting date:1st August 2021 - or upon agreement.

Application deadline: 21 May 2021. Applications should be uploaded at (ref. FSE-Trav_social) in the form of a single PDF file, including a letter of motivation, a CV documenting full teaching and research experience, a list of publications, copies of diplomas and a list of experts able to assess the candidate’s competence (with at least three names). The candidate is also invited to present a statement (three pages max.) of teaching and research interests, his/her scientific approach to the domain, and projects that he/ she intends to undertake at Neuchâtel.

Information: for further information, please contact the Head of the Hiring Committee ( or the Dean ( and visit our website at

The University of Neuchâtel is committed to provide nondiscriminatory working conditions.


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