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Research Associate in Migration Economics (postdoc, f/m) - Ref: 22-10

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 Migration Economics (postdoc, f/m)



• Ref: 22-10

• Full time, 40 hours/week

• Fixed-term working contract for 30 months in the framework of a FNR-funded project on CRoss-border mobility, HOUSing market developments, and INeQualities (CRHOUSINQ)

• Employment contract at LISER

• Deadline for application: 31st August 2022

• Start date: September or October 2022


LISER invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for the position of Research Associate (postdoc).

The postdoctoral researcher will develop and work on the CRHOUSINQ project (described below) of the transversal program on Crossing Borders, under the supervision of the research program leader Prof. Frédéric Docquier and other researchers involved.


Your Role

The successful candidate will be asked to:

  • Participate in the development and activities of the CRHOUSINQ project;

  • Interact with LISER researchers and with CRHOUSINQ external partners (Giovanni Peri from the University of California at Davis, Michel Bierlaire from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Michel Beine from the University of Luxembourg);

  • 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 project.


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 migration issues, and solid experience in quantitative methods.

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 CRHOUSINQ project

Agglomeration, or the clustering of economic activities, occurs at various spatial scales and in diverse ways. The spatial organization of economic activity and the underlying core-periphery inequalities arise from the interplay of agglomeration/centripetal forces (such as market size, technological and knowledge spillovers) and dispersion/centrifugal forces (such as increasing transportation and trade costs, congestion, prices of non-tradable goods). Using rich data from Luxembourg and the Greater Region, our research project aims to highlight the role of (international and inter-regional) labor mobility and housing market developments in governing growth and inequality. It uncovers complex interdependencies between economic concentration, labor mobility, housing market developments, and inequalities. The project requires combining state-of-the-art, structural estimation and modelling techniques to shed light on causation links and interactions between variables.

The contextual objective underlying this project is to shed light on two key issues: How sustainable is the Luxembourg growth “miracle” and the underlying trends in spatial inequalities? And how inclusive is the core-periphery trajectory of the economy? The focus on cross-border labor inflows and housing market developments is key to tackle sustainability and inclusiveness questions. The process underlying the spatial concentration of firms heavily depends on the elasticity of local employment to labor demand shocks. The latter depends on both the ability to attract new local residents through migration, and the ability to attract commuters from other nearby locations. Linking economic concentration, labor mobility, housing market developments and inequality allows addressing a set of research questions that form the architecture of this project and have great publication potential.


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.


Crossing Borders at LISER

Research on Crossing Borders is of major importance for European countries in general, and for the Luxembourg society in particular. With the free movement of individuals within the EU, political instability and global inequality, more and more people have been crossing borders in recent decades, either as refugees, regular migrants or as daily transnational commuters. These cross-border movements generate important challenges for all countries and regions, and has particularly strong implications for their labor market, public finances, social cohesion and for regional governance around border areas. In this context, it is important to have tools to monitor, analyze and improve the understanding of causes and consequences of these flows - a prerequisite for relevant advice to policy-makers. The Research Program on Crossing Borders has specific objectives: (i) Assess the size and structure of historical and recent cross-border flows, and understand their root drivers; (ii) Use innovative sources of data to study the interplay between different forms of mobility; (iii) Analyze the economic and societal consequences of these flows for all parties concerned; (iv) Build projection tools to anticipate future movements; (v) Develop tools to help policy decision-makers maximize the gains and/or minimize the cost of current and future movements; (vi) Provide stakeholders and the civil society with databases and expert analyses that help them understanding the forces at work and the consequences of policy actions; (vii) Contribute to the training of PhD researchers on these topics.

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

Please submit your complete online application via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs by including the following documents:

  • 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 : 22-10).


Closing date for applications: 31st August 2022.

Interviews will take place online or in-person.

Would you have any question on the position, please contact Professor Frédéric Docquier (frederic.docquier@liser.lu). For administrative matters, please contact recruitment@liser.lu


LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer