Call for PhD applicants in Economics, Geography and Social Sciences (f/m)
– Ref: 21-29
Campus Belval , 11, Porte des Sciences, L - 4366 Esch-Sur-Alzette ,
The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) calls for
in Economics, Geography and Social Sciences (f/m) – Ref: 21-29
LISER is looking for motivated and qualified candidates who are interested in
developing, with the help of our supervisors, an application for an individual
AFR PhD grant by the Luxembourg National Research Fund.
The doctoral project represents an excellent opportunity for qualified
students to contribute to the knowledge in public policies, empirical research
and/or micro-economic and spatial modelling.
If selected for an AFR, the PhD candidates will be offered a LISER work
contract and will work on their PhD thesis with supervisors in one of the
Institute's research departments.
We particularly welcome applicants who would like to develop a PhD project
along the research areas listed below, in collaboration between LISER, the
University of Luxembourg or other universities abroad:
• In the Living Conditions Department:
– Attitudes and beliefs about redistribution, inequality and taxation
(Supervisor: Javier Olivera);
– The political economy of healthcare (Supervisor: Eugenio Peluso);
– Social mixing, migration and inequality (Supervisor: Eugenio Peluso).
• In the Urban Development and Mobility Department:
– Dynamic exposure to air pollution at a country scale (Supervisor: Hichem
– Studying long-term impacts of COVID-19 as of function of disease severity
and patient's comorbidities (Supervisors: Olivier Abdallah and Hichem
– Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a Master degree in
economics, sociology, geography, or other social or data science disciplines,
and be ranked among the 20% top students of their cohort. Candidates should
have a GPA of at least 3.5 (5-point scale);
– Excellent verbal communication and academic writing skills in English;
– Enthusiasm for research and critical thinking.
For successful AFR applicants, we offer:
– An exciting multi-disciplinary and international research environment with
ample opportunities to exchange with scholars from related disciplines;
– A highly competitive salary for a full-time PhD position for a period of
maximum 4 consecutive years (3+1 years);
– A package of mentoring, training and career development as well as access to
a wide range of courses and seminars.
Doctoral candidates are encouraged to actively engage in specialised as well
as transferable skills trainings and to develop their scientific profile and
network through participation in high-level international conferences.
Moreover, LISER supports enrolment in language courses for candidates
interested in learning other languages, especially French, the second most
widely spoken language in the Institute.
About the departments
The Living Conditions Department studies the multiple dimensions of
individuals' and families' lives which are at the heart of both the causes of
and consequences of inequality. Such dimensions span from early childhood to
old age through educational attainment, marital decisions and family
formation, fertility choices, and labor market outcomes up to and including
retirement. Quantitative, typically survey-based research, examines household
income, wealth, inequality, poverty and social inclusion from a variety of
perspectives. The impact evaluation of socio-fiscal, family, educational,
health, pension and wider social policy on living conditions is an integral
part of the department's research agenda.
The Urban Development and Mobility Department plays (inter)nationally a
prominent role in academic and societal inter- and transdisciplinary research.
In research, it focuses on the understanding of urban life and functioning of
urban areas and in identifying effective pathways at the individual and urban
level to stimulate urban vitality and livability. Key domains of research are:
housing, mobility, health, financing, smart and sustainable urbanization,
cross-border challenges, and qualitative and quantitative research methods,
The Labour Market Department 's research revolves around two key themes,
namely (i) the impact of public policies on employment in a context of
international labour mobility, and (ii) the impact of societal challenges
(digitalization, workforce diversity and sustainable development) on the
relations between employers and employees. The department is multidisciplinary
and makes use of theoretical, quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
LISER also hosts a Data Centre and collects a wide range of survey data on
households and individuals. LISER is collecting the national components of the
European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, the Survey on
Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe, and the Household Finance and
Consumption Survey, exploitation of which is strongly encouraged for cross-
national, comparative research. Research in the survey and data management
unit focuses in particular on innovative survey and/or data management
Beyond its established departments, the Institute invests in several
interdisciplinary research fields : Health, migration and cross-
border related research, behavioral and experimental economics as well
as the digital transformation of society.
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.
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.
In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level
international schools) and recreational services, the country offers a rich
variety of cultural activities, 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.
How to apply?
Please submit your complete application via https: // jobs.liser.lu/jobs
– a detailed CV;
– a cover letter outlining your thematic interest, motivation and suitability
for the PhD project, and stating the exact project title and the name of the
– a relevant written document (e.g. a working paper, a chapter from your
MA/MSc thesis, a seminar paper);
– 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (to be uploaded with the
application documents or sent separately to email@example.com);
– Copy of relevant diplomas and transcripts.
Deadline for applications: January 2nd, 2022 at midnight CET.
LISER particularly encourages female researchers to apply.
Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application during the
month of January 2022. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for virtual
interviews soon thereafter.
The deadline for submitting the AFR grant applications is set to early March
2022 (exact date to be confirmed, usually around the 10th) and the
applicants will be informed by July 2022 whether the application has been
accepted for funding.
For administrative matters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer