The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 15,000 students and nearly 5,000 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.
The Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) was ranked in the top 30 institutions in the world by the Financial Times. The school offers one of the best Executive MBA in Europe.
The Department of Information Systems (DESI) seeks to build the skills and competencies required for the digital society with its research activities and teaching programs. Information systems are at the heart of any organization of a certain size. In recent decades, information and communication technologies have profoundly changed the way we search, produce, communicate and manage information, both in our private and professional lives. The department is home of 10 renowned scholars of different disciplines of Information Systems and Computer Science.
Learning technologies to support students while they learn how to code
Programming skills are becoming fundamental in many curricula. The latest trends in teaching students how to code indicate that students learn best when they can ‘learn by doing’. This is why in the recent year we have seen an explosion of technologies designed to provide learning environments where students can experiment with code in real time. An example of this is the Jupyter project. Although these environment allow students to experiment and manipulate with code they are still far from being perfect. One of the lacking aspect is the lack of support for peer programming. The successful candidate will research enhancements for this learning environments and their effects on the learning outcomes.
The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Thibault Estier and by Prof. Mauro Cherubini.
Prof. Thibault Estier joined the University of Lausanne in 1999. He received his PhD in Information Systems from University of Geneva in 1995, then joined an internet startup (inextenso.com) which produced in 1997 the first Web CMS (Content Management System) on the market in Switzerland. He has been teaching database design, system integration, conceptual modeling, programming, and open source technologies for 20 years. His topic of research concerns evolutive information systems and evolutive knowledge bases.
Prof. Mauro Cherubini joined the University of Lausanne in 2016. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Scientist at Google in Zurich and at Telefónica Research in Barcelona. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2008. Before his time at EPFL, he conducted research at the MIT Media Lab in Boston. Prof. Cherubini has accumulated over 15 years of experience conducting research in HCI and publishing in the top venues of this field.
Expected start date in position : January 2019 / to be agreed
Contract length : 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years
Activity rate : 100 %
Workplace : University of Lausanne, Campus of Dorigny
50% minimum dedicated to the PhD research
Teaching assistant for the following courses: Modèles Informatiques et Eléments de Programmation, 1st year Bachelor HEC
Teaching assistant for the course Enterprise Systems Integration, Master in Information System (MScIS)
Master’s degree in Computer Science. Related degrees will be also considered (e.g., Information Systems). Specialization in Learning Technologies or Human-Computer Interaction is a plus
Strong abilities in software development. Prototyping abilities for web
Publications in learning tech venues (e.g., CSCL, ACM CHI, CSCW, etc.) is a plus
Good analytical and communication skills are essential
Fluency in french & english
What the position offers you
We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training.
Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.
Contact for further information
Prof. Mauro Cherubini
Prof. Thibault Estier
Deadline : 30.11.2018
All applicants should submit:
a Statement of Purpose clearly describing their research interests
two recommendation letters
University Transcripts (bachelor and master level)
an electronic version of a recent research project (e.g. master thesis, scientific publication)
Please, send your full application in Word or PDF.
Only applications through this website will be taken into account.
We thank you for your understanding.
UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.