Research Scientist in Educational Sciences

University of Luxembourg


October 15, 2021


The University About us...

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.

The research scientist position is part of a concept to promote sciences in the Luxembourgish education system through pre- and in-service teacher education as a part of the SciTeach Center, a resource center for primary teachers led by Prof. Dr. Christina Siry. The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences, in the Department of Education and Social Work, Institute for Teaching and Learning. The candidate will be working in the field of educational sciences and will contribute to teaching, research, and program development in the Center. This position involves working at the intersection of academia and the greater public through the development and facilitation of science education offerings for pre- and in-service teachers.

Your Role...

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop ideas and concepts for the sustainable promotion of science education in Luxembourgish primary schools
  • Develop workshops and other professional development activities for teachers,
  • Collaborate with a team including faculty, researchers, student assistants, and support staff
  • Provide long-term ongoing support for in-service teachers
  • Conduct science education research related to the development and evolution of the science resource center and programming as well as other related aspects of science education in Luxembourg
  • Prepare single-authored and co-authored publications in English and German
  • Help to disseminate results of state-of the art research to stakeholders in the Luxembourgish education system and at international conferences and research exchanges
  • Network with policy makers and informal educators in Luxembourg and internationally around the teaching of primary school science
  • Promote the offered resources, activities, and programs to teachers, as well as to the general public
  • What we expect from you…

    Desired candidates will have:

  • Completed PhD related to the field of education or a related field
  • A publication record that includes single and co-authored peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with interpretive qualitative research approaches and collaborative analyses and writing
  • Teaching experience, preferably in the area of higher education and continuing education
  • Experience developing and providing professional development for teachers, preferably at the primary level
  • Expertise with developing materials to support learning through visual media
  • Knowledge of the Luxembourgish education system and the formal settings of science education in primary schools as well as in the teacher education programs
  • Fluency in in German and English required, proficiency in Luxembourgish will be considered an advantage
  • We offer...

  • The opportunity to participate in the ongoing development of a science education program and of the affiliated resource center
  • Participation in a committed, interdisciplinary, and dynamically developing team
  • Affiliation to an active research group with a profile of diverse activities
  • In Short...
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Starting date: January 2022
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL04389
  • How to apply...

    Applications may be submitted in German or in English and must include the following:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A detailed CV including publication record and teaching references
  • A copy of PhD diploma
  • At least two names and addresses of possible 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 …

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  • Further information...

    Contact: Christina Siry (