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Research Associate in Development Economics (postdoc, f/m) - Ref : 22-11

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 in Development Economics (postdoc, f/m)




  • Ref 22-11

  • Full time, 40 hours/week

  • Fixed-term contract for 18 months to evaluate development policies in Africa in the framework of a new Development Policy Impact Analysis Unit (Cellule d’analyse d’impact des politiques de développement) hosted and managed by LISER, and operating in cooperation with JPal-Europe and the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs)

  • Employment contract at LISER

  • Deadline for application: 31st August 2022

  • Start date: September or October 2022

LISER invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for joining a brand new Development Policy Impact Analysis unit hosted in LISER and working in close interaction with the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs).


Your Role

The successful candidate will be asked to:

  • Participate in the development and activities of the Development Policy Impact Analysis Unit;

  • Interact with our institutional partners (Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and JPal-Europe);

  • Provide capacity development and/or strengthen capacity in partner countries;

  • Actively develop a scientific profile through high-level international publications;

  • Produce policy research reports and communicate results to policy makers;

  • Engage in fundraising activities at national and/or international level;

  • Participate in the daily management of the projects, including public outreach activities, site visits, stakeholder workshops, social media communication etc;

  • Contribute to the research environment at the Labour Market Department and LISER.


Your Profile

  • Applicants should possess a PhD in Economics (or be close to completion thereof). They should have a proven record of high quality research on development issues and solid experience in quantitative methods. As the research associate is part of the Labour Market Department at LISER, interest in labor market topics is a plus;

  • We expect the candidate to demonstrate enthusiasm for original ideas and critical thinking, for the development of research networks and for the communication of their findings to policy makers and to the public;

  • English is the primary language of LISER and as such, excellent written and oral skills in English are required. The institute provides courses for researchers interested in learning other languages, especially French which is the second most widely spoken language in the Centre;

  • LISER particularly encourages female researchers to apply.


We offer

  • A dynamic and international research environment with good working conditions and stimulating work environment;

  • Resources for the participation in international meetings and conferences;

  • Internationally competitive remuneration.


About the Development Policy Impact Analysis unit

The Development Policy Impact Analysis Unit has been established recently as a partnership between LISER and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. This unit has two key missions, namely (i) the design and the impact assessment of development policies in developing country settings and (ii) to the construction of prospective scenarios for the key partner countries of Luxembourg's development cooperation (Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Laos, Mali, Nicaragua, Niger, and Senegal). Development policies under evaluation would tackle, among others, issues related to extreme poverty, international and internal migration, climate change, labor productivity, fertility dynamics, investment, insurance, informal sector, health and the impact of expanding access to telecommunication technologies in these domains. These missions are articulated through three distinct and complementary research axes. In Axis 1, the main objective is to exploit the different databases available in the partner countries in order to carry out ex-post evaluation of policies already in place and to use these findings to guide policy reforms. To meet these goals, further data collection can be envisaged. Axis 2 involves the development of structural models of development disparities at a detailed geographical level (pixel-based approach). These models are appropriate for analyzing the vulnerability of regions and countries to climate shocks and conflicts, or for predicting the impact of development policies carried out in specific places and sectors. Axis 3 complements Axis 1 through field work and the development of Randomized controlled trials (RCT). The Research Associate will primarily contribute to Axis 1 and 2. There will be opportunities for exchange with Axes 3, which is developed by another researcher hosted by J-Pal Europe (the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) at the Paris School of Economics, a collaborating partner of LISER


Research at LISER

LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg. LISER is devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. 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. 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 90 staff being researchers, active in the fields of economics, sociology, and geography. The working languages at the institute are French and English.


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.

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 offers 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.


Application process

Applicants should provide the following:

  • Your letter of application outlining your thematic interest, motivation and profile, research agenda linked to the description of the positions;

  • Your curriculum vitae;

  • A copy of your relevant diplomas;

  • One job market paper or relevant publication;

  • Three reference letters (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu, mentioning Ref: 22-11)

Closing date for applications: 31st August 2022

Interviews will take place online or in-person.

Would you have any question on the positions, please contact Professor Frédéric Docquier (frederic.docquier@liser.lu) and/or Dr. Michel Tenikue (michel.tenikue@liser.lu).

For administrative matters, please contact recruitment@liser.lu


LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer