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Research Associate (Post-doc, disability research, m/f) - Ref: 20-02

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) invites 

applications for a position as

Research Associate (Post-doc, disability research, m/f)

• Ref: LISER 2020-2

• Full-time/40 hours per week, 100% based at LISER

• Fixed-term contract : 1 year (renewable)

• Starting as soon as possible

We are looking for a post-doc researcher to play a key role in developing high quality, policy-relevant work in the area of disability research at LISER, in collaboration with stakeholders and international academic partners. The initial priority project will be to lay the ground for developing a system of personal assistance (incl. personal budgets) for people with disabilities in Luxembourg, drawing on the international evidence as well as the evidence produced in the research process. The work will comprise a strong component of quantitative analysis (e.g. assessing the economic conditions of people with disabilities, the assessment of the resources needed by people with disabilities, etc.), research synthesis (e.g. on lessons learnt from experience with personal assistance in other countries) as well as some qualitative work (e.g. structured interviews with stakeholders, people with disabilities and their families).

Your Role

In collaboration with the Head of the Research Programme on Health and Health Systems (Professor Marc Suhrcke), Professor Germain Weber (Professor of Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities, University of Vienna), as well as other LISER researchers, the Research Associate will be asked to:

- contribute to and/or lead on the production of research outputs primarily in the topic of socioeconomic aspects of disability,

- undertake statistical, econometric analysis of survey and/or administrative data on the socioeconomic situation and the needs of people with disabilities,

- potentially help develop small-scale (n<250) survey data collection with people with disabilities and their individual support intensity, and related costs,

- contribute to the development of an evidence based assessment tool on the individual support intensity,

- review and critique relevant literature on the socioeconomic aspects of disability, with a focus on personal budgets,

- write or contribute to scientific publications and reports,

- disseminate research findings, including public engagement to non-research specialist organisations using appropriate media,

- make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events,

- help shape the current and future research programme in LISER in the field of disability research, by identifying opportunities for new research, and

- contribute to the preparation and writing of grant proposals.

Your Profile

- Ph.D. in disability studies, social policy, economics, psychology or related discipline (with quantitative focus)

- Experience and strong interest in inter-disciplinary research

- Experience in research on and with people with disabilities would be highly desirable

- Strong quantitative, statistical/econometric skills

- Willingness to acquire new quantitative skills as needed

- Knowledge of relevant statistical software (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS)

- Willingness to acquire relevant knowledge in qualitative methods and to collaborate with researchers with qualitative focus

- Fluency in English (speaking and writing)

- Fluency in either, French, German or Luxembourgish would be considered as an asset.

We offer

- A dynamic, international, growing and well-equipped research environment with good working conditions

- Personal workspace

- Stimulating work environment

- Resources for the participation in international meetings and conferences and hosting of collaborating visitors

- Internationally competitive remuneration.

The employment contract is for one year initially, renewable in the framework of an overall 4-year planned project with the Ministry of Family scheduled between 1st January 2020 and end 2023.


The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) offers a vibrant and stimulating international research environment. It is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The institute attracts researchers from all over the world and high-level doctoral training is part of the institute’s activities. LISER is well connected to the University of Luxembourg and to universities in the cross-border neighbourhood. The institute employs 170 people including a survey and data center as well as 90 researchers from all over the world active in the fields of economics, sociology, political sciences and geography (see https://www.liser.lu). Among many other roles, LISER is host to the Luxembourg Country Team of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (see http://www.share-project.org).

About the Community

Luxembourg with its nearly 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 affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art and theatre. The country is about to become a five language nation. Besides the official languages French, German and Luxemburgish, English, Italian and Portuguese are frequently spoken. The working languages at the institute are French and/or English.

Application process

Candidates should provide:

(1) a full CV

(2) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s expertise and interest in the socioeconomic analysis of disability (2 pages max)

(3) Two letters of reference (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu).

Please apply online through our online system: https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs

Deadline for applications: January 31st, 2020

All correspondence should be in English.

If you have any questions on the contents of the work, please contact: marc.suhrcke@liser.lu

For administrative matters, please contact: recruitment@liser.lu

LISER is an equal opportunity Employer