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Research Program Leader (m/f) - Digital Transformation - Ref: 18-22

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

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting


Research Program Leader (m/f) 

Digital Transformation



  •   Ref 18-22

  •   Full time, 40 hrs/week

  •   Permanent contract


We are looking for an experienced and talented Research Program Leader for our multi- and interdisciplinary Research Program on “Digital Transformation”


The Research Program Leader “Digital Transformation” is expected to bring together researchers and societal impact specialists from LISER’s three departments Living Conditions, Labour Markets and Urban Development and Mobility in view of developing an engaging forward-looking multi- and interdisciplinary research agenda. She/he actively manages the program’s positioning, benefitting from a strong institutional commitment.

The ambition is to explore the dynamics and relationships at the core of today’s societal developments using multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives to better understand the ongoing fundamental changes that will challenge future societal and individual well-being. Trying to understand the underlying processes and influence change with a positive impact on well-being of individuals and society are at the heart of LISER’s multi- and interdisciplinary research programs “Digital Transformation”, “Health and Health Systems”, and “Crossing Borders”.


The Role of the Research Program Leader will be to

-          Design and lead the research strategy of the research program as well as its multi-year performance;

-          Participate in the strategic positioning of LISER and the research program within the national and European research landscape: increase its national and international prominence recognition;

-          Provide scientific and intellectual leadership and mentoring;

-          Prospect, initiate and supervise academic competitive and contracted research;

-          Develop the competitive fund raising capacity of LISER and the research program at the national and international level;

-          Identify and advise on opportunities to grow and develop innovative and competitive multi- and interdisciplinary research projects;

-          Ensure research performance is tracked and analyzed and that lessons are learnt and applied for future planning;

-          Provide and develop a strong commitment to societal impact and policy advice;

-          Represent and promote LISER to public authorities, private organizations, stakeholders and collaborating partners;

-          Share knowledge and expertise;

-          Develop good relationships both internally with LISER members and with external stakeholders.

Who We Are Looking For

An agile and experienced research leader with:

-          Proven ability in constructing and developing creative teams for innovative and competitive research;

-          Strong leadership and management skills;

-          Proven ability to effectively advise, mentor, manage and develop an internationally competitive productive and sustainable research group, as well as individual scientific careers;

-          Excellent motivational skills to drive the research agenda of LISER and the research program;  

-          Experience in generating innovative high impact scientific output and advancing current knowledge both in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields;

-          PhD (or equivalent) either in economics or social sciences with a strong ICT component or a PhD (or equivalent) in computer sciences with a strong social science component;

-          Multi- and interdisciplinary research track record at the interface between ICT and one or several LISER social sciences or economics research domains

-          Excellent track record (i) in terms of publications as well as (ii) in terms of the advancement of people (e.g. through teaching, training, mentoring etc);

-          Ability to develop the exploitation of research findings, to collaborate with private and public sectors as well as with actors from the society in general and to promote the impact of research results on policy makers             and the society (Previous experience liaising with policy makers will be considered as an asset);

-          Excellent communication, interpersonal, motivation and negotiation skills;

-          Dense and active international network;

-          Due to the multi-linguistic culture in Luxembourg and the Institute, in addition to English, knowledge of one or more of the official languages of Luxembourg (French/German/Luxemburgish) will be considered as an asset.

What we Offer

A high level of autonomy and a strong national and international visibility.

The possibility to work at the heart of a Luxembourgish young, dynamic and fast-growing research infrastructure.

A permanent contract.

Highly competitive salaries and significant mobility and network funding, as well as a wide range of development opportunities to support your career path.

Affiliation to universities through professorships will be supported.

In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, Luxembourg affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art and theatre.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and devoted 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 staff consists of about 140 employees, of which about 70 of them are researchers from the fields of economics, sociology, political sciences and geography (see www.liser.lu).

LISER is well connected to the Luxembourg research landscape including the University of Luxembourg, the LIS cross-national data center, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST). It is as well connected to other universities in the cross-border neighborhood, Europe and the world. It is an integral part of the fast growing research environment of the Cité des Sciences on the new Belval campus in the south of the country.

Based on its scientific expertise and academic reputation, the institute addresses current and future societal challenges and delivers relevant and independent societal impact and policy advice both at the national and European level. The scientific output is not only regularly published in high profile peer reviewed journals and books, but also in forms of articles and reports reaching a wider audience.

The Institute is currently composed of three research departments as well as three multi- and interdisciplinary research programs on “Digital Transformation”, “Health and Health systems” and “Crossing Borders”. It offers as well a fully-fledged Survey & Data Management Center and a professional research support unit.


Location: Belval Cité des Sciences, Luxembourg

The institute is located in the Cité des Sciences on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, hosting the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities. The Cité des Sciences is a unique, vibrant and outstanding academic enterprise in the heart of Europe http://www.belval.lu/en/

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 English and/or French. (You can find more information on http://www.euraxess.lu/).


Application Process

Applicants should provide the following:

1.       letter of application;

2.       curriculum vitae;

3.       a brief description of strategies and objectives for the research program, specifically addressing the ability to foster academic research and development programs across multiple disciplines;

4.       relevant publications;

5.       three reference letters. Please ask your referees to send their letter to aline.muller@liser.lu and valerie.baran@liser.lu

Applications are treated with strict confidentiality and shall be addressed with the reference “Job application: Research Program Leader Digital Transformation” to aline.muller@liser.lu and valerie.baran@liser.lu per email

or per postal mail :

LISER - Campus Belval – 11, porte des Sciences L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette – Luxembourg Direction, Attn: Aline Muller, CEO

The deadline for applications is September 30th, 2018.


LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer