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Research Associate (postdoctoral researcher, m/f) - Project on the Politics of Inequality & Housing – Ref: 21-09

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and the University of Luxembourg (UL) 

are recruiting a

Research Associate (postdoctoral researcher, m/f) - Project on the Politics of Inequality & Housing – Ref: 21-09

Application deadline: Applications received by 15th May 2021 will receive full consideration

Duration: 36 months

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), in the context of the PROPEL project - PROactive Policymaking for Equal Lives, in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg (UL) invite highly motivated candidates to apply for the position of Research Associate who is going to play an active role in the implementation of the PROPEL project.

The PROPEL project is led by Dr. Lindsay Flynn as Principal Investigator and funded by a €2 million ATTRACT Consolidator grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR). The PROPEL project is situated at the intersection of inequality studies, studies of the welfare state, and political economy. The project is hosted at the University of Luxembourg within the Institute of Political Science and part of the interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences. It has formal collaborations with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (where the selected candidate will be hired and based) and the LIS Cross-National Data Center.

Your Role

The successful candidate will help lead the "Scientifically-informed Policy Analysis" work package, which brings policy analysis and experimental methods together to empirically test the effect of policy interventions. To do so the candidate will liaise, on behalf of the PROPEL project, with researchers and policymakers at LISER, the University of Luxembourg, and the greater Luxembourg policy community. All project-based research will have an international focus. Initial experimental designs will focus on Luxembourg as a case country.

The primary tasks of the selected candidate will include:

• Project-based research and theory development;

• Development and deployment of policy-based assessments that use experimental methods;

• Data collection and analysis associated with policy-based assessments, which may include but are not limited to surveys and focus groups;

• Outreach to stakeholders;

• Interim reporting of results;

• Publications in peer-reviewed journals;

• Contribution to team-based tasks, collaborations, and project management;

• Other research and/or teaching tasks to be determined in relation to the needs of the project and the interests of the candidate, including support of project activities (e.g. workshops).

Your Profile

• PhD in political science, sociology, economics, public/social policy or a related field in the social sciences;

• Sound conceptual and empirical mooring in inequality studies and the welfare state with an interest in the ways in which housing policies reproduce economic, social, and political inequalities ;

• Training and experience with experimental approaches, methods based in causal inference, data collection, and quantitative data analysis using Stata;

• Experience in the design, implementation, and/or analysis of "social experiments" is a valuable asset;

• Strong project management skills with a desire to help lead a multi-year work package and liaise with multiple stakeholders;

• Commitment to a team-based research environment with an ability to work independently and meet deadlines;

• Fluency in English, knowledge of French, German and other languages is a valuable asset.

About the PROPEL Project

The PROPEL project is seeking a team of committed scholars who, jointly, will use interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches to (1) identify the political inputs that shape housing markets and housing policies, (2) trace the ways in which housing markets and policies generate economic, social, and political inequalities in high-income OECD countries, and (3) propose policy-relevant and evidence-informed solutions to address contemporary inequalities. The project focuses on countries primarily but not exclusively in Europe and North America. It examines economic, social, and political inequality across important subgroups including younger and older generations, larger and smaller families, different racial and ethnic groups, and households with varying levels of income and wealth. It links housing to other related policy areas such as employment and pension policies. Each major work package of the project adopts a qualitative, quantitative, or experimental design and will be jointly led by the PI and one additional member of the PROPEL team.

We Offer

• Opportunity to work on an innovative project that seeks to both understand and reduce inequalities;

• A highly competitive salary;

• A supportive academic team;

• A dynamic, multicultural environment.

In Short

• Contract Type: Fixed-term Contract (36 months)

• Work Hours: Full-time position (40h per week)

• Starting date: Summer 2021

• Location: LISER, Belval Campus Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg


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).


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. 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 official languages are French, German and Luxembourgish. Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national EURAXESS platform.

Application process

Please submit your complete application via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs before May 15th, 2021:

• Cover letter outlining your profile and motivation for applying

• Curriculum Vitae

• Writing sample

• Up to three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent separately to recruitment@liser.lu).

Closing date for applications: 15th May 2021

For project related inquiries, please contact: lindsay.flynn@uni.lu (no applications)

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

LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer