UniDistance Suisse

Professorship in Digital Teaching and Learning (100%, open rank)

2024-03-10 (Europe/Zurich)
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To strengthen and further develop our competencies in the area of digital teaching and learning, we are opening a Professorship in Digital Teaching and Learning (100%, open rank).

UniDistance Suisse, as an accredited University Institute in accordance with the Swiss Higher Education Act (HEdA), has been offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees programs as well as continuing education programs in the faculties of Law, Psychology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Economics and History for over 30 years. These programs can be attended in a flexible distance learning model, in parallel with family life or professional and sporting careers respectively.

UniDistance Suisse is dedicated to the highest quality standards in teaching and research. With nearly 2300 students, it is the leading institution in the field of distance education in Switzerland. Out of 420 employees, almost 350 are involved in teaching and research activities.

To strengthen and further develop our competencies in the area of digital teaching and learning, we are opening a


Place of work: Brig (part-time home-office possible)
Begin of work: 1st January 2025 or by agreement

Your tasks

  • Conduct research on effective concepts for digital teaching and learning and on their implementation across various disciplines.
  • Supervise doctoral students in the field of digital teaching and learning.
  • Actively participate in relevant national and international workshops and conferences.
  • Regularly publish in high-ranking scientific journals in the area of digital teaching and learning.
  • Acquire third-party funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and other Swiss or international research funding organisations.
  • Establish an interdisciplinary competence centre for digital teaching and learning and network with other national and international competence centres in this field.
  • Teach in the bachelor's and master's degree programmes at UniDistance Suisse, as well as in continuing education programmes, including the supervision of seminar papers and bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral theses.
  • Promote young academics in your own field and at UniDistance Suisse in general.
  • Support the further development of study programmes and lecture courses offered by UniDistance Suisse.
  • Transfer knowledge to a broader public through lectures and workshops.
  • Participate in the academic self-administration of faculties and in committees of UniDistance Suisse.
  • Contribute to the further development of UniDistance Suisse.

Your profile

  • Proven research achievements in the field of innovative digital teaching and learning environments and/or media and tools (e.g., AI, learning analytics, AR-VR) as well as in the (quantitative) analysis of their potential for effective and productive teaching and learning (e.g., related to memory, productivity, or cooperation).
  • Proven experience in developing and/or implementing effective tools for digital teaching and learning.
  • Proven interest in and experience with didactic principles of specific university teaching areas such as mathematics, psychology, or economics.
  • Outstanding national and international visibility and anchoring in academia.
  • Sound university teaching experience at all levels of academic teaching (including doctoral supervision), especially in the field of digital teaching.
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams, within UniDistance Suisse, as well as at national and international levels.
  • Experience in research management and proven success or experience in acquiring third-party funding are desirable for an application at assistant professorship level and required for an application at associate or full professorship level.
  • Management experience in research and teaching (especially in the supervision of doctoral students) is desirable, depending on the level of application.
  • Willingness and ability to contribute to the further development of UniDistance Suisse within the framework of academic self-administration and in relevant committees.
  • First language is German or French with good (at least passive) knowledge of the other language, as well as very good command of English (written and spoken).

We offer

  • The position will be filled at the level of assistant professor with tenure track, associate professor, or full professor, depending on the qualifications of the future holder of the position. When applying, it is mandatory to indicate the level for which the application is being made; otherwise, the application cannot be considered.
  • Working spaces in Brig for the professor and his/her team. Attendance in Brig of at least 50% is expected during the semester (2 x 14 weeks per year).
  • Support in building a motivated research and teaching team.
  • Innovative forms of teaching in the field of online learning.
  • An environment with nationally and internationally successful research activities.
  • A modern and dynamic working environment.
  • Opportunities to help shaping a growing university institution.

We look forward to receiving your complete application by e-mail no later than March 10th, 2024, to Human Resources at jobs@unidistance.ch.

The application documents include the following: motivation letter (max. 2 pages), CV (incl. list of publications), list of presentations, list of third-party funding, research plan (max. 2 pages), teaching statement (max. 2 pages).

For further information, please contact Patrick Constantin, Head of HR patrick.constantin@unidistance.ch, Prof. Dr Renate Schubert, President of the selection committee and Vice-Rector for Teaching renate.schubert@fernuni.ch or Prof. Dr Nicolas Rothen, member of the selection committee and Vice-Rector for Research nicolas.rothen@fernuni.ch.


Professorship in Digital Teaching and Learning (100%, open rank)
Schinerstrasse 18 Brig, Schweiz
2024-03-10 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)
2024-03-10 23:59 (CET)
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