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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.
You will be part of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research group which belongs to
the COSA Institute and is interested in understanding higher-order cognitive
processes and their development. We focus on numeracy and literacy in typical
and atypical development, using behavioral and EEG methods. The current
project « The reading brain: Understanding how neural representations for
words emerge and how they are shaped by teaching methods » focusses on how
the brain represents written words and acquires new lexical representations.
To investigate this issue, we will assess the role of vocabulary/semantics
when learning new word forms, and the behavioral and neural impact of
different methods of teaching new words (especially irregular French words).
It will involve behavioral and electrophysiological recordings (EEG), both
in adults and in children.
Develop and conduct research in the field of cognitive neurosciences of
reading, reading acquisition, and methods for learning to read
Prepare a doctoral thesis in Psychology (cumulative PhD thesis; i.e.
based on peer-reviewed publications)
Collect, manage and analyze data (EEG, behavioral)
Collaborate with all consortium partners
Present research findings at workshops and conferences
Publish scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals of
If applicable, manage outreach activities such as contacts and
interactions with speech-therapists and education professionals
What we expect from you…
Masters' degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related field. It is
possible to apply if the respective degree is to be obtained soon
Knowledge of experimental research designs
Knowledge of quantitative methods (statistics)
Good command of written and spoken English and French; knowledge of German
or Luxembourgish is a plus
Ambition to conduct high-level research, with both fundamental and applied
Ability to work independently, strong personal commitment, ability to work
under pressure, communication & cooperation skills, creativity,
Ability to integrate into and stay involved with the research team
Enthusiasm about, high commitment for, and enjoyment in research and
Affiliation to a very active research group with a profile of diverse
An exciting and relevant research topic
A dynamic, collaborative work environment and a supportive academic
Access to cutting-edge research facilities
Full funding as well as financial support for participation in scientific
activities (workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc.)
Regular full-time work contract in line with the regulations of University
of Luxembourg including paid leave, health insurance, pension funds, and
Enrolment in the doctoral school with an interesting offer of disciplinary
or interdisciplinary courses and transferable skills training
A personal workspace at the University
Good and intensive supervision on a personal level
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months
Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
Starting date: September 2022
Employee and student status
Job Reference: UOL04983
The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is 38 028,96 €; depending on
personal situation please check: https: // www. calculatrice.lu/calculatrice
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 achievements)
Cover letter explaining your motivation (why you intend to undertake a
PhD, explanation of your motives for participating in this particular
research program, and expected learning outcomes/career perspectives)
Digital copy of University diploma and transcript of courses and grades
for your Master program
A short description of your Master's work (max 1 page)
Contact information for at least two referees
Please apply by 15 July 2022 - then the posting will remain online until
Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be
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,
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