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Post-doc Researchers in Economics, Social or Geographical Sciences (m/f) - Ref: 18-26

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting

Post-doc Researchers in Economics, Social or Geographical Sciences (m/f)

LISER invites applicants for several postdoctoral positions in the thematic areas covered by the Institute.

We are looking for candidates who develop an innovative research agenda in one of the Institute’s research departments or activities, in particular:

  • Labour Market

  • Living Conditions

  • Urban Development and Mobility

The deadline for applications is November, 30th 2018.

The Roles

The postdoctoral researchers will develop and work on research projects focusing on the topics of the department or research group they apply for.

Applicants should possess a PhD in economics, geography or another social science discipline (or be close to completion thereof).

The positions require interest in public policies, empirical research and/or micro-economic modelling.

Postdoctoral researchers are expected to engage in fundraising activities at national and/or international level and to actively develop their scientific profile through high-level international publications. English is the primary language of LISER and as such, excellent written and oral skills in English are required. The institute also provides courses for researchers interested in learning other languages, especially French which is the second most widely spoken language in the Centre.

LISER offers attractive salaries and working conditions. Successful applicants will be employed on a three-year contract, with a possible two-year extension (up to a maximum of five consecutive years). In particular, candidates receive a package of mentoring, training and career development by the Institute.

LISER particularly encourages female researchers to apply.

About the departments and potential candidates‘ profiles

The Labour Market Department’s research revolves around two key themes, namely (i) the impact of public policies on employment in a context of international labour mobility, and (ii) the impact of societal challenges (digitalization, workforce diversity and sustainable development) on the relations between employers and employees. The department is multidisciplinary and makes use of theoretical, quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In 2019, the department particularly (but not exclusively) targets researchers with a strong microeconomic background with an interest in personnel economics and the capacity of contributing to theme (ii).

The Living Conditions Department studies the multiple dimensions of individuals’ and families’ lives which are at the heart of both the causes of and consequences of inequality. Such dimensions span from early childhood to old age through educational attainment, marital decisions and family formation, fertility choices, and labor market outcomes up to and including retirement. Quantitative, typically survey-based research, examines household income, wealth, inequality, poverty, and social inclusion from a variety of perspectives. The impact evaluation of socio-fiscal, family, educational, health, pension and wider social policy on living conditions is an integral part of the department’s research agenda.

The department is looking for candidates able to develop a research agenda on the evaluation of the effects of public policies (including early childhood interventions) on social welfare, socio-economic inequality and health inequality, with regard to the challenges the welfare state will be confronted to in the context of a changing society. Strategic (but not exclusive) research lines are the effects of technological transformation (automation, digitalization) or population change (migration) on social mobility or social cohesion and the related policy answers.

The Urban Development and Mobility Department plays (inter)nationally a prominent role in academic and societal inter- and transdisciplinary research. In research, it focuses on the understanding of urban life and functioning of urban areas and in identifying effective pathways at the individual and urban level to stimulate urban vitality and liveability. Key domains of research are: housing, mobility, health, financing, smart and sustainable urbanization, cross-border challenges, and qualitative and quantitative research methods, including GIS.

The Urban Development and Mobility Department invites applications of candidates who have expertise in one of the following research domains:

  • Digitalization and implications for housing, mobility and well-being

  • Digitalization and implications for spatial planning and governance: interactive spatial planning, living labs, citizen science, virtual tools, decision support systems

  • Big data analytics and GIS: collecting and analyzing data produced by sensors and social media

  • Social inequalities and spatial injustice in cross-border regions

  • Urban metabolism and sustainability challenges

LISER also hosts a Data Management Unit and collects a wide range of survey data on households and individuals. LISER is collecting the national components of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, the Survey on Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe, and the Household Finance and Consumption Survey, exploitation of which is strongly encouraged for cross-national, comparative research. Research in the survey and data unit focuses in particular on innovative survey and/or data methodologies.

Beyond its established departments, the Institute invests in several interdisciplinary research fields, in 2019 a strategic focus is on behavioral and experimental economics as well as on health economics.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and devoted 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 140 employees (including a survey and data center), more than 50% of the staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, political sciences and geography (see www.liser.lu).

The academic and public research environment: Belval Campus - Cité des Sciences, Luxembourg

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). The University has outstanding high performance computing facilities available for use by associated researchers in the Luxembourg Institutes.

Based on its expertise and academic reputation, LISER research addresses current and future societal challenges and delivers relevant and independent societal impact and policy advice both at the national and European level.

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 country offers a rich variety of cultural activities, 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. The working languages at the institute are English and/or French.

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

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following:

  1. Motivation letter;

  2. Curriculum vitae;

  3. Research agenda defining a specific area of research interest in line with LISER specificity;

  4. Copy of diplomas;

  5. One job market paper/relevant publication;

  6. Three reference letters sent to recruitment@liser.lu

The deadline for applications is November, 30th 2018. Apply online via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs

Interviews will take place in Luxembourg end 2018 or early 2019. Interviews may be arranged at the EEA European Job Market for Economics, in Naples, 6-8 December 2018, or at the ASSA meeting, in Atlanta, 4-6 January 2019 .

LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer