Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Franklin University Switzerland seeks applications for the position of Assistant / Associate Professor of Environmental Science, the first of two hires we plan to do in this area this year. The position is full-time, renewable, and with a clear promotion ladder. The position begins in January 2023. The successful candidate needs to have a Ph.D. in a relevant area at the time of hire. Priority will be given to scholars with expertise in one (or more) of the following areas: climate change, sustainability science, geographic information systems, plant ecology, hydrology, or limnology.

The new hire should be able to teach a variety of courses in the environmental sciences and biology at the undergraduate level and have teaching and research interests that will be able to contribute to a planned graduate program. They will be expected to teach and advise in the current undergraduate environmental program with majors in environmental studies and environmental science. A normal course load at Franklin is the equivalent of six (3 credit or 6 ECTS) courses per year, including one course with an Academic Travel component. They will also actively contribute to the development of and eventually teach and advise in the new graduate program, which will focus on water resources and climate change. They will also be expected to maintain an active research program.

Consistent with the mission of the University, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, an active research agenda, and the ability to contribute to the Academic Travel program (, a fundamental part of Franklin’s international, interdisciplinary, and intercultural curriculum. Ideally, candidates will have international experience and be conversant in one of the official languages of Switzerland. Experience with Swiss/EU funded projects is also a plus.

As Franklin is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, we welcome applications from qualified persons of all backgrounds who have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To apply, please submit to, a single PDF document with the following components:

  • a letter of application,
  • a CV with contact information for three references,
  • a writing sample,
  • a succinct statement of teaching philosophy, and
  • recent teaching evaluations (if available)

Review of applications will begin on 16 August 2022 and continue on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing. Finalists will be invited to campus for in-person interviews.

Franklin University Switzerland is a small, non-profit, private university located in Lugano, accredited in both the USA and Switzerland. Its liberal arts and sciences philosophy informs the programs it offers across the humanities and natural and social sciences. For further information, please see


Franklin University Switzerland invites applications for the position of Registrar. The position is full-time with an open-ended contract. The intended start date is August 01, 2022.

We are looking for someone who can combine strong organizational, technical, and administrative expertise with excellent communication and people skills, who can work in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment and who has the energy, flexibility and dedication to run a professional, service-oriented office as part of the Academic Affairs support team at a small institution.

The Registrar defines and implements the mission for the Office of the Registrar in alignment with the mission and goals of the University. The Registrar is responsible for the provision of support to Franklin students, parents, faculty and administrative staff in the areas of student academic services, academic data management and reporting, the administration of academic policies, and the organization of the annual Convocation and Commencement ceremonies. The Registrar also plays an important role in accreditation activities, including acting as Accreditation Liaison Officer with Franklin’s US regional accrediting body and ensuring quality assurance for the Office’s responsibilities.

The Registrar reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Registrar supervises the Associate Registrar and the Registrar Office’s student Life Long Learning Scholar.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be fluent in English with excellent oral and written language skills
  • Have an MA degree, ideally from a regionally accredited US institution
  • Have at least 5 years’ experience as a Registrar and/or academic support administrator at an accredited university that maintains a US-style curriculum, including at least 2 years as Registrar at a US regionally accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in international and multicultural environments, with the communication and diplomatic skills necessary to facilitate cooperation while maintaining academic integrity and working to bolster the reputation of the institution with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Actively support the university’s aims in diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of the PowerCampus Student Information System and Self-Service web-interface with experience in customized programming of these systems.

Additionally, the successful candidate will preferably:

  • Have experience with Swiss or other non-US national accreditation processes.
  • Have experience in working with AMICAL and/or other international higher education consortia.
  • Have competence in spoken Italian (the language of the Swiss community of Sorengo),

In compliance with local regulations, precedence will be given to candidates who are Swiss nationals, foreign nationals with a permanent residence permit (Permit C), foreign nationals with a residence permit authorizing them to work (Permit B, including recognized refugees), foreign nationals with temporary admission (Permit F), persons granted temporary protection (Permit S), and EU/EFTA citizens.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing and/or invited to campus for in-person interviews. To apply, please submit in a single PDF document: a letter of application and a CV with names and contact information for three references to Review of applications will begin July 04, 2022 and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Franklin University Switzerland is a non-profit private university located in Lugano, accredited in both the USA and Switzerland to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs in the social sciences, natural sciences, and the humanities are informed by the liberal arts and sciences.



Franklin University Switzerland is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse international communities. For further information, please see

Franklin University Switzerland, in compliance with U.S. applicable federal law and with the Swiss Gender Equality Act, does not practice or permit discrimination in employment, job placement, promotion, or other economic benefits on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, marital or parental status, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, political affiliation, veteran status.

All members of the Franklin community are encouraged to work towards achieving a more open, fair, and tolerant community, by giving their affirmative contribution in all areas of life and work at the University to eliminate patterns of discrimination and ignorance about one another that obscure our recognition of human dignity and individuality.

It is the policy of the University not to discriminate in its recruitment, admission, and retention of students. The University’s policies affecting students will be administered in a non-discriminatory manner with regard and not limited to the following: admission, recruitment, housing, and other facilities, access to course offerings, counseling, financial assistance, employment assistance, health and insurance benefits and services, marital and parental status, athletics, and educational programs and activities.