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Fully funded PhD Researcher in Economics (f/m/d) Ref : 22-07(2)

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 Economics (f/m/d)

  • Ref 22-07(2)

  • Full time, 40 hours/week

  • Fixed-term contract for 3 years

  • Work contract at LISER, Labour Market department

  • PhD supervision by Prof Christina Gathmann (LISER) and other committee members

  • Start date: as soon as possible

LISER invites highly motivated applicants for a PhD position in the Labour Market Department and its new head Prof Christina Gathmann. The successful candidate will work on questions related to gender gaps, human capital, internal careers and related topics. The work will involve handling large administrative and big data using remote access and advanced programming.

Your Role

The Doctoral Candidate will be a member of the Labour Market department.

Your tasks include:

  • Prepare a doctoral thesis in economics on the labour market and the use of big data in empirical economic research;

  • Contribute to co- and single-authored publications on the research topic;

  • Participate in the everyday management of the project, including public outreach activities like policy briefs, workshops, social media communication etc.


Your Profile

  • Master degree in economics or econometrics;

  • Prior working experience in large, administrative data is a big plus;

  • Good programming skills with large data (experience with Matlab would be a plus);

  • Experience with machine learning is a plus;

  • Strong interest in labour economics, econometrics and quantitative methods

  • Excellent verbal communication and academic writing skills in English; working knowledge of German or French is not necessary, but considered an asset;

  • Enthusiasm for research, critical thinking and working in a diverse team.

We offer

  • Work in a dynamic department with many international colleagues, both senior and junior;

  • An exciting multi-disciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities to exchange with scholars from related disciplines at both LISER and the University;

  • A highly competitive salary for the full-time PhD position plus a generous annual training budget;

  • 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.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg. LISER is devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. 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 180 employees (including a survey and data center), about 100 staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography. The working languages at the institute are French, English and (in the Labour Department also) German.

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. 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 Luxemburgish.

Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national

EURAXESS platform http://www.euraxess.lu/


Application process

Please submit your complete application through our online system: https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs :

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

  • a CV;

  • copies of relevant degree diplomas and transcripts, especially Master degree;

  • certificates or other proof of your programming skills;

  • two letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu mentioning the reference 22-07);

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

Deadline for applications: 15th August 2022.

For PhD related information, please contact Prof. Christina Gathmann: christina.gathmann@liser.lu (no applications).

For administrative matters, please contact recruitment@liser.lu

LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer