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Post-doctoral researcher for the project « Social observatory of the City of Luxembourg » (f/m) - Ref: 20-12

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting a

Post-doctoral researcher 

for the project « Social observatory of the City of Luxembourg » (f/m)

- Ref: 20-12

- Full time, 40 hours/week

- 3 years fixed-term contract (possible extension under conditions)

- Work contract at LISER, department of Urban Development and Mobility

- Expected start date: as soon as possible

LISER invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for a Post-doctoral position within the framework of the research project « Social observatory of the City of Luxembourg ».

Project description

Luxembourg City is the capital of one of the smallest EU countries and boasts a strong economic attractiveness. An extremely-dynamic city demographically, Luxembourg has seen its resident population increasing by 2,000 to 3,000 each year since the turn of the 21st century; many of these new residents are attracted by the Grand Duchy’s favorable labor market prospects. At present, nearly 120,000 people reside in the municipality. Characterised by a strong “presential economy”, with a ratio of 1.3 workers per resident, the town continues to develop both spatially and culturally; more than 167 different nationalities are present. This specific situation raises questions about the social configuration of the city and the capacity of the public authorities to respond to a variety of social challenges. These can be linked to the process of urbanization through the sprawl, fragmentation and reconfiguration of urban space; to the demands of the globalisation of trade and inter-territorial competition; and also to the needs and desires of the capital's residents who are looking for a pleasant living environment.

In this context, the City of Luxembourg has decided to implement a social observation system for its territory in order to better understand the socio-spatial mutations and transformations within the capital. For this purpose, the data mobilized for this observation system will come from multiple sources: administrative files from the various services of the municipality population censuses, field studies, data from the national statistics office (STATEC), and data from the social structures on the territory (Caritas, Help, Hëllef Doheem). This observation system will be shaped and managed by LISER and its objectives will be:

- to monitor the evolution of the social situation at an intra-communal level with regular updates of key indicators (every two years);

- to analyze these indicators, specifically utilizing a qualitative focus on particular themes (e.g. citizen engagement, integration, and insecurity) or on target groups (the elderly, people with disabilities, etc.);

- to facilitate the exchange of information between the different services that produce data on the social situation;

- to provide effective social planning decision-making support for the city.

The team will be composed of experienced researchers and research engineers who will support the post-doctoral researcher in establishing the social observatory.

Your role

- Collection, analysis, and processing of statistical data for the Luxembourg City social observatory;

- Mapping of socio-economic indicators;

- Writing notes, reports, and articles in the framework of the social observatory;

- Participation in the provision of information for the sponsor (database, maps, presentations);

- Publication of academic articles in international peer-reviewed journals;

- Participation in other research activities of the Department of Urban Development and Mobility;

- Optional: writing research proposal(s) for external funding.

Your profile

- Ph.D in social geography, spatial planning, urban geography, urban sociology, or other disciplines if the qualifications and specializations obtained are thematically consistent with the project;

- Theoretical knowledge and strong interest in urban renewal, urban governance, and socio-spatial differentiation processes;

- Strong skills in geographic information systems and other appropriate statistical tools;

- Writing skills, for both technical (scientific articles); and non-technical (study reports) audiences, are required;

- Good analytical and synthesis skills;

- Proficiency in French is essential for writing reports and textual analysis. A good understanding of German and Luxembourgish is an asset;

- Fluency in English, both spoken and written, is imperative for professional integration within the Institute;

- Ability to establish bonds of trust with the external partners of the project;

- Rigor, precision and autonomy, ability to take initiatives, and set priorities;

- Essential social skills: initiative, responsibility, respect for confidentiality, and team interaction;

- Capacity to fit into a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

We offer

- A dynamic, stimulating, and interdisciplinary work environment;

- 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 (see www.liser.lu).

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.

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 http://www.euraxess.lu/.

Application Process

Please submit your complete application via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs before September 30th, 2020:

- Curriculum Vitae;

- Letter of motivation;

- A note suggesting research issues for academic papers related to the project's theme;

- Copy of the highest diploma;

- 1 or 2 scientific works (reports, articles) demonstrating editorial quality;

- 2 letters of recommendation to be sent directly to recruitment@liser.lu.

Closing date for applications: September 30th, 2020

For project related information, please contact Dr Frédéric Durand (no applications) – frederic.durand@liser.lu.

For administrative matters, please contact recruitment@liser.lu

LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer