University of Geneva – Department of English



Applicants must have an MA in English/American Literature or American Studies, or a qualification deemed equivalent, be fluent in written and spoken English, and be able to provide a PhD research proposal.

Candidates fulfilling these requirements who can also speak French will be at an advantage for this post.


Job Description

This is a 70% post, which increases to 100% in the third year.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach literary analysis skills to first-year students, as well as a BA seminar (2-4 hours a week throughout the year).  The post will also involve student evaluation and orientation and administrative tasks.  At least 40% of the post will be devoted to research publications and the preparation of a doctoral thesis, supervised by Prof. Deborah Madsen.

Starting Salary         

CHF 46,247 pa (ca £ 29,863) in the first year for a graduate teaching assistant who already has an MA; the maximum salary is CHF 78,528 pa (ca £ 50,708) after four years.

Starting Date:  1 August 2019

Length of contract

The graduate teaching assistant is nominated for an initial period of two years, renewable for two successive periods of respectively two years and one year.

To apply

Applications must include a covering letter, curriculum vitae, a photocopy of the BA and MA degrees obtained, and a PhD proposal.

Applications must be received by the deadline30 April 2019      

and should be addressed to :

Prof. Deborah Madsen
Département de langue et literature anglaises
Faculté des lettres
Uni Bastions
5, rue de Candolle
1211 Genève 4

or by email to the Secretary of the English Department:  clare.tierque(at)