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Research Associate (Postdoc) in disability research (f/m)- Ref: 22-22

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

is recruiting a

Research Associate (Postdoc) in disability research (f/m)

  • Ref: 22-22

  • Full-time or eventually part-time contract

  • Fixed-term contract : 22 months (initially)


LISER invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for the position of Research Associate (postdoc) in the framework of a multi-annual collaboration between LISER and the Luxembourg Ministry of Family and Integration (MIFA).

LISER is looking for a Research Associate who will play a key role in developing high quality, policy-relevant work in the area of disability research, in collaboration with stakeholders and international academic partners. The initial priority project will be to lay the ground for developing a system of personal assistance (incl. personal budgets) for people with disabilities in Luxembourg, drawing on the international evidence as well as the evidence produced in the research process. The work will comprise a strong component of quantitative analysis (e.g. assessing the economic conditions of people with disabilities, the assessment of the resources needed by people with disabilities, etc.), research synthesis (e.g. on lessons learnt from experience with personal assistance in other countries) as well as some qualitative work (e.g. structured interviews and working groups with stakeholders, people with disabilities and their families).

Your Role

In collaboration with the Head of the Research Programme on Health and Health Systems (Professor Marc Suhrcke), Professor Germain Weber (Professor of Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities, University of Vienna), as well as other LISER researchers, the Research Associate will be asked to:

  • contribute to the overall study and development of a scale to assess the individual needs and intensity of support, and related costs in a population of people with disabilities, and related costs,

  • review and critique relevant literature on the approaches and assessment of the individual needs and intensity of support,

  • write or contribute to scientific publications and reports,

  • disseminate research findings, including public engagement to non-research specialist organisations using appropriate media,

  • make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events,

  • help shape the current and future research programme in LISER in the field of disability research, by identifying opportunities for new research, and

  • contribute to the preparation and writing of grant proposals.

Your Profile

The successful candidate is expected to have:

  • PhD in psychology or related discipline (with quantitative focus),

  • Experience and strong interest in inter-disciplinary research,

  • Experience in research on and with people with disabilities would be highly desirable,

  • Strong quantitative, statistical skills,

  • Strong competencies in psychometrics

  • Experience in developing instruments based on Classical Test Theory (CTT) and Item Response Theory (IRT)

  • Willingness to acquire new quantitative skills as needed,

  • Knowledge of relevant statistical software (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS),

  • Willingness to acquire relevant knowledge in qualitative methods and to collaborate with researchers with qualitative focus,

  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing),

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

LISER particularly encourage female researchers to apply.

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.

The employment contract is for 22 months initially, with a possibility to be renewed in the framework of an overall 5-year planned project with the Ministry of Family.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and dedicated to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. The Institute hosts three departments (Living Conditions, Labour Market, and Urban Development and Mobility) as well as a Data Management Unit that coordinates the collection of a wide range of survey data on households and individuals. Beyond its established departments, the Institute invests in several interdisciplinary research fields.

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, more than 50% of the staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography (see www.liser.lu). The working languages at the institute are French and English.

The Institute is located on the 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 centre, the Luxembourg Institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST). The University has outstanding high-performance computing facilities available for use by associated researchers in the Luxembourg Institutes. Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national EURAXESS platform.

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. 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. Luxembourg is a multi-lingual nation. Besides the official languages (French, German and Luxemburgish), English, Italian and Portuguese are spoken frequently.

Application process

Applications (in English) must be submitted online via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs and must include the following:

  1. a full CV,

  2. a cover letter detailing the applicant’s expertise and interest in the socioeconomic analysis of disability (2 pages max),

  3. copy of certificate/diploma of your last obtained degree,

  4. two letters of reference (to be sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu quoting the reference number 22-22).

Please note that this position will remain open until filled.

If you have any questions on the contents of the work, please contact: marc.suhrcke@liser.lu (no applications).

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

LISER is an equal opportunity Employer