PhD position in Psychology

University of Luxembourg


February 5, 2022


The University About us...

The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University's faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

The faculty's research and teaching focuses on social, economic, political and educational issues with the common goal of contributing to an inclusive, open and resourceful society. The FHSE offers four Bachelor and 15 Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.

Your Role...

The CBA Research Group forms part of the Institute of Cognitive Science and Assessment (COSA) and the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Science. As a Research Group, we seek to explore students' cognitive skills, personality, and environments with the use of educational technology to enable students to develop their full potential, increase the scientific understanding of a host of different target variables, and to foster lifelong learning across age levels. We do research on the theoretical understanding of these topics, conduct empirical investigations in diverse student (and other) populations, and ultimately, we ask how to foster important antecedents of later success in life.

In this, we are interested in cognitive skills such as problem solving, working memory, and intelligence but also in personality components such as collaboration, motivation, or meta-cognition. In a comprehensive view of skill development, learning, and teaching, we focus on different levels of understanding including individual processes and performance outcomes, learning environments, and societal context factors employing a host of quantitative methods.


  • Developing and conducting research in the field of empirical educational research, intervention studies, learning analytics, or computer-based assessment
  • Self-contained research targeted at receiving a PhD in Psychology (cumulative; i.e. based on peer-reviewed publications)
  • National and international data collection and management at participating institutions
  • Communicating with partners and independent instruction of student assistants
  • Administrative responsibilities within the project and the research group
  • Publications (in English-speaking peer reviewed journals and at scientific conferences)
  • Responsibilities in academic self-government
  • What we expect from you…
  • Excellent Masters degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related field
  • Good knowledge of and interest in quantitative methods and test theory (e.g., SPSS, MPlus, R)
  • Willingness to travel internationally and excellent English in speech and writing. Knowledge of additional foreign languages is welcome but not mandatory
  • Involvement into teaching to a very limited extent
  • Ability to work independently, strong personal commitment, ability to work under pressure, communication & cooperation skills, administrative skills, creativity, determination
  • Last but not least enthusiasm about, high commitment for, and enjoyment in research and science
  • We offer...

  • Participation in a young, committed, and dynamically developing team
  • Affiliation to a very active research group with a profile of diverse activities
  • Excellent research and funding conditions on a personal and a research level at an international and multilingual university
  • Attractive personal conditions in line with the collective agreements
  • Grown connections to international partners in research, practice, and policy making
  • Possibility to receive PhD based on publications within a reasonable amount of time
  • Good and intensive supervision on a personal level
  • In Short...
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Location: Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL04675
  • The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 37.101,36 (full time)

    How to apply...

    Applications in English should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications, as well as all other academic achievments)
  • Cover letter explaining your motivation
  • Transcript of all courses and grades for your Bachelor and Master program
  • A short description of your Master's work (max 1 page)
  • Contact information for at least two referees
  • Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

    The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

    Here's what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR).
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

  • Find out more about the University

  • Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University
  • Further information...

    Please direct further questions to Prof Dr Samuel Greiff:

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