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Fully funded PhD researcher in Economic Geography (f/m) - Ref: 19-21

Campus Belval , 11, Porte des Sciences, L - 4366 Esch-Sur-Alzette , Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

is recruiting a

Fully funded PhD researcher in Economic Geography (f/m)

• Ref 19-21

• Full time, 40 hours/week

• Fixed-term contract for up to 4 years

• Work contract at LISER, department of Urban Development and Mobility (UDM)

• Enrolment in the Doctoral Programme of the University of Luxembourg

• PhD co-supervision by Dr Sabine Dörry (LISER) and Prof Christian Schulz (University of Luxembourg)

• Earliest start date: 1st July 2020 (or soon thereafter)

LISER invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for a PhD position within the framework of the research project on Regional approaches towards alternative economies and sustainable finance (AltFin), funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The project seeks to better understand regional economic development at the interface of alternative economy approaches, here circular economy (CE), and sustainable finance, in order to comprehend mechanisms that will guide regional transitions towards sustainable development.

Your Role

The Doctoral Candidate will be a member of the department of Urban Development and Mobility (UDM) and do his/her research within the framework of the AltFin research project.

Your tasks include:

• Prepare a doctoral thesis on sustainable finance and its opportunities and challenges for regional transition economies;

• Contribute to co- and single-authored publication endeavours of the project team;

• Participate in the everyday management of the project, including public outreach activities, site visits, stakeholder workshops, social media communication etc.

Your Profile

• Master in economic geography, heterodox economics, financial sociology or a related discipline;

• Methodological skills and/or previous qualitative research experience in an urban or industry context and in the use of related software tools;

• Strong interest in finance and finance-related issues, and sustainability oriented transitions and innovation in this sector;

• Excellent verbal communication and academic writing skills in English and German and/or French;

• Enthusiasm for research, critical thinking, including some first experience in publishing;

• The project’s comparative case study framework requires frequent travelling to the financial centres in Paris, Frankfurt and Luxembourg, and the successful candidate is expected to possess well-developed intercultural and social skills to conduct research in these environments.

We offer

• An exciting multi-disciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities to exchange with scholars from related disciplines at both LISER and the University of Luxembourg (situated in the same building);

• Work in a project team with two PhD researchers and two PIs;

• A highly competitive salary for the full-time PhD position for a period of maximum of 4 consecutive years (1+2+1 years);

• Field work in France, Germany and Luxembourg;

• A package of mentoring, training and career development as well as access to a wide range of courses and seminars offered by LISER and the University of Luxembourg.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg. LISER is devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences, and multi- and interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The institute attracts researchers from all over the world and high-level doctoral training is a vibrant part of the Institute’s activities. The institute‘s staff consists of about 170 employees (including a survey and data center), about 90 staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography. The working languages at the institute are French and English.

About the Community

The institute is located on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, which hosts the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities, i.e. LISER, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) cross-national data center, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST).

Luxembourg with its > 600,000 inhabitants is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and provides a stimulating mixture of modern culture and tradition. Contemporary urbanity of its capital lies in close vicinity to a rich nature. In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art and theatre. The official languages are French, German and Luxembourgish.

Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national EURAXESS platform http://www.euraxess.lu/

Application process

Please provide the following information before 31st January 2020:

• a letter of application outlining your thematic interest, motivation and profile;

• a CV;

• copies of relevant degree diplomas, especially Master degree;

• two letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu);

• a relevant written document (e.g. a working paper, a chapter from your MA/MSc thesis, a seminar paper).

Please submit your complete application via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs

(Students graduating over the summer 2020 are also encouraged to apply).

Closing date for applications: 31st January 2020.

For project related information, please contact Dr Sabine Dörry (sabine.doerry@liser.lu) (no applications).

For administrative matters, please contact recruitment@liser.lu

LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer