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 six Bachelor and twenty 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 postdoctoral researcher position is in the Horizon Europe project PATHS2INCLUDE “European Labour Markets Under Pressure – New Knowledge on Pathways to Include Persons in Vulnerable Situations”. The main tasks will be to identify data sources for cross-country comparison and to conduct analyses to explore determinants of employability and employment status with a specific focus on vulnerable people and the role of digitalization and automation. There are ample opportunities for further contributions. Projects partners are based in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Spain.

The successful candidate will become a member of the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) within the Department of Social Sciences. The CCY comprises a multidisciplinary research team that examines the conditions and opportunity structures of growing up against the backdrop of social change and inequalities. It maintains strong links to other institutes and relevant organizations within and beyond the department, both nationally and internationally.


  • Conduct quantitative analyses on determinants of employability and employment status with a specific focus on vulnerable people
  • Contribute to conceptual overviews and mapping of risk factors
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Present research findings at relevant international conferences
  • Contribute to reports, research publications, policy briefs
What we expect from you…
  • Excellent Ph.D. degree in sociology or in a related field
  • Strong focus on social inequalities and/or labor markets (e.g., inclusion, discrimination, vulnerabilities)
  • Experience and strong interest in advanced quantitative research methods (e.g., multi-level models; familiarity with and/or interest in micro-simulation considered an asset)
  • Experience with statistical software for quantitative analysis (e.g., R, Stata)
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Fluency in two of the three languages at the university: English, French, German


  • Integration into an active and multicultural research group
  • Personal workspace at the University and excellent research conditions
  • Stimulating and supportive work environment with ample opportunities for collaboration and personal development
In Short…
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 27 Month (extendable)
  • Start date: Preferably from March 2023
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week or on request
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL05314

The yearly gross salary for every Postdoctoral Researcher at the UL is EUR 77167 (full time)

How to apply…

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Motivation letter (max. two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (e.g., Ph. D. thesis, journal article)
  • A summary of recent research and projects and a sketch of planned research (max. one page each)
  • Copies of diplomas
  • Names and contact details of two academic referees

We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 30 November 2022. 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 …

Prof. Dr. Robin Samuel / (+352) 46 66 44 5084 /

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