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Research Associate (Neighborhood and Health, m/f) - Ref: 21-16

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)

 are recruiting a

Research Associate (Neighborhood and Health, m/f)

• Ref: 21-16

• Fixed-term contract : 2 years

• Full-time/40 hours per week (50% based at LISER and 50% based at LIH)

• Research infrastructure: Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Department of Urban development and Mobility & Luxembourg Institute of Health, Department of Population Health

• Start date: 1st November 2021

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) invite highly qualified and motivated applicants for the position of Research Associate (postdoc) in the framework of a project funded by the Luxembourg National Fund of Research (FNR).

Project description

MET’HOOD: Time-varying residential neighborhood effects on cardiometabolic health

Cardio-metabolic (CM) diseases are one of the leading causes of premature death worldwide and a major contributor to health disparities. Epidemiology has traditionally focused on individual-level risk factors of CM diseases, such as physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and dyslipidemia. Environmental causes, however, remain poorly understood at the population level. Though some host-related factors do play a role, the dramatic increase in CM diseases over recent decades is largely attributed to changes in the socio-economic environment in which behavioral patterns occur, and in the physical environment, such as urban sprawl, amenities, transport infrastructure, which have resulted in socially patterned increases of motorized transportation, fast-food consumption, sedentary occupations and leisure activities, exacerbating CM-related disorders.

The MET’HOOD project investigates the relationships between the socio-economic and physical environmental characteristics of residential neighborhoods, behavioral CM risk factors, and the metabolic syndrome, over a nine-year period. This project aims at: i) examining the long-term effects of time-varying environmental exposure on CM risk factors and the metabolic syndrome, ii) completing a country-wide, population-based longitudinal study, and iii) investigating social disparities in time-varying neighborhood effects. The project is developed by a team of health and urban geographers, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and sports scientists, with the support of local stakeholders in public health and urban planning.

Your Role

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the MET’HOOD project as described above. Fields of expertise include all those relevant to neighborhood and health, and longitudinal epidemiological studies. The candidate is expected to be actively involved in the two partner research teams at the Urban Development and Mobility department (LISER) and the Department of Population Health (LIH). The selected candidate will be expected to publish peer-review articles, present result in academic conferences, ensure broader scientific dissemination, and organize workshop with local stakeholders from health and urban planning, Luxembourguish ministries, and international scientific experts.

Your Profile

- Relevant post-graduate degree (such as a PhD, MD, or equivalent) in health geography, epidemiology, health promotion, or a related field,

- Record of achievement in neighborhood and health research, including defining relevant neighborhood exposure measures, using geographic information systems, data management and processing statistical analyses,

- Experience in conducting longitudinal analyses as well as assessing lifestyle behaviours will be considered as an asset,

- Strong ability to publish peer-review scientific articles and present research results in academic and societal contexts,

- Fluency in English (speaking and writing),

- Fluency in either, French, German or Luxembourgish would be considered as an asset.

We offer

- A dynamic, international, growing and well-equipped research environment with good working conditions and stimulating work environment,

- Resources for the participation in international meetings and conferences and hosting of collaborating visitors,

- Internationally competitive remuneration.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and dedicated to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Multi- and interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The Institute attracts top researchers from all over the world and high-level student training is a vibrant part of the Institute’s activities. The Institute‘s staff consists of about 180 employees (including a survey and data center), more than 50% of the staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography.

About LIH

LIH is a public research organisation at the forefront of biomedical sciences. With its strong expertise in population health, oncology, infection and immunity as well as storage and handling of biological samples, its research activities impact on people’s health. At the Luxembourg Institute of Health, devoted scientists investigate disease mechanisms to develop new diagnostics, innovative therapies and effective tools to implement personalised medicine. The institution is the first supplier of public health information in Luxembourg, a strong cooperation partner in local and international projects and an attractive training place for ambitious early stage researchers.

About Luxembourg

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. In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, the community offers a rich variety of cultural activities, museums, music, art and theatre. The official languages are French, German and Luxemburgish. Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national EURAXESS platform.

Application process

Please submit your complete application (in English) via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs before 15th July 2021:

- a full CV and cover letter,

- two relevant peer-review publications,

- copy of PhD and Master degree certificates and transcripts,

- contact details of three referees.

LISER and LIH particularly encourage female researchers to apply

Deadline for applications: July 15th, 2021

If you have any questions on the contents of the work, please contact Dr. Camille Perchoux: camille.perchoux@liser.lu or Dr. Laurent Malisoux: laurent.malisoux@lih.lu

For administrative matters, please contact: recruitment@liser.lu

LISER and LIH are equal opportunity Employers