Support and advice

First circle of mentors

If you’re starting out on an academic career, your first step should be to talk with your supervisor and senior colleagues about the opportunities in your disciplinary area. What do they recommend? What are the norms for CVs, funding, recruitment processes? What’s their advice for getting you where you need to be?


So much to do, so very little time

The postdoctoral stage is a perfect storm of limited time, limited funding, and major life events: a feeling you’re standing at a career crossroads. It can be difficult to find time to look ahead and reflect on your current and future situation, on your next steps, and thus on your priorities.

There are places you can start:

  • Download the postdoc’s self-assessment questionnaire to self-evaluate your current activities, achievements and goals, and discuss them with a supportive senior researcher, using the accompanying feedback guide.
  • Download the template for an academic CV.
  • Consult the brochure Beyond the doctorate, a guide for advanced doctoral and postdoctoral researchers (English version coming!).
  • Take part in one of the Graduate Campus workshops.
  • Contact the Graduate Campus to arrange a personal appointment with our career development specialists (

and with our UNIL partners:

You’ll find further advice at Chronicle Vitae and at Nature Jobs. And a podcast on professional development for the academic path with Helium.


Translating the job title

How to translate your role on your CV into an equivalent role on another country? The UNIL International Relations pages provide some guidance.

Don't forget to check the APAC glossary, which provides a mapping of academic career paths in France, Germany and the UK.



Who comes first? Who comes last? Who's an author and who isn't? The Swiss Academies for Arts and Science provides some guidance in their guide: Authorship in scientific publications (2013).

Peer mentoring

Last but not least, since nearly everybody around you has the same questions about careers, your peers may help you directly or indirectly. They may have projects or experiences on how to approach this issue that may help you. In addition, some faculty doc and postdoc associations organize career-themed events.

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