The University of Luxembourg aspires to be a world-class research university. It strives for excellence in both fundamental and applied research, and in education. It drives innovation for society, has a high proportion of graduate students, and intertwines research, teaching and societal impact.

The University of Luxembourg has the profile of a research university with a strong activity in research, a high proportion of doctoral candidates and success in internationally competitive third-party funding, combined with excellent research-driven teaching throughout the University. The University has three missions: research, higher education and contribution to the social, cultural and economic development of the country.

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 socialeconomicpolitical and educational issues with the common goal of contributing to an inclusive, open and resourceful society. The FHSE offers 7 Bachelor and 20 Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.

The University is hiring an Associate Professor or Assistant professor (promotion track) of teaching and learning French in pre- and primary school, with special regard to literacy education in French.

Your Role…

The holder of the position will be a member of the Department of Education and Social Work within the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

She/he is expected to:

  • Develop and maintain research activities—with national embedding and of (inter)national relevance—explicitly focusing on teaching and learning French in the multilingual pre- and primary school classroom (e.g., oral and written language acquisition and development in French as first/second language, concepts and methods of literacy acquisition, the French writing system in comparison to other nationally prevalent writing systems, French as a language of instruction in nonlinguistic subjects, content and language integrated learning, language sensitive subject teaching, development of literary reading skills based on francophone children’s and youth literature), possibly including the leveraging of digital opportunities (e.g., personalized learning and training apps/platforms, multimedia content), thus identifying and (further) developing best practices that can feed back into both teacher training and the school system;
  • Assume appropriate roles internally and externally both in their field of knowledge and, as an expert educationist, apply their general knowledge and skills as a researcher and scholar;
  • Develop and sustain the scale and quality of language teaching and learning in the full range of the Faculty’s study programmes in Education;
  • Undertake tutoring and internship supervision of BScE and BFP students, and engage with national education actors and stakeholders;
  • Undertake doctoral and post-doctoral supervision and mentoring, further contributing to the development of doctoral education and training;
  • Significantly contribute to the Faculty as it further strengthens its position as a leading European multicultural and multilingual site of research and teaching in the field of educational and social sciences.

Teaching areas

The holder will mainly be teaching in the Bachelor en Sciences de l’Education and the new Bachelor en Formation Pédagogique.

What we expect from you…
  • PhD in Educational Sciences, Teaching and learning French as a first/second language or Applied Linguistics (a multi/interdisciplinary research profile is particularly welcome);
  • A minimum of five years of postdoctoral experience acquired in a university or comparable research centre (language teaching experience in a pre- or primary school setting is an advantage);
  • A promising research record in educational and social sciences;
  • International research and teaching experience (language teaching experience in basic training and/or specialization programmes for fundamental school teachers is an advantage);
  • Demonstrable ability to acquire research funds and conduct research projects;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Luxembourg’s multilingual educational system and its actors is considered an advantage;
  • Willingness to engage in teamwork in teaching and research groups; and
  • Ability to work autonomously.

Language requirements

The University of Luxembourg is set in a multilingual context. The person hired on this position must be proficient in French and English. German is considered an advantage. The University encourages its staff to learn German and provides access to language courses to this end.

In Short…
  • Contract Type: Permanent This position is offered at the Associate Professor or Assistant Professor level, depending on qualification. Both levels are tenured. At the Assistant Professor level, a possibility of promotion will be given after 5 years upon positive evaluation.
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference:F3-50019903
How to apply…

We encourage early application. To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 1st October 2023. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

Please send your application to Prof. Dr. Robert Harmsen (Dean of the Faculty) and submit your documents online within timeline established including:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae including information on external research funding acquired
  • Copies of diplomas
  • List of publications
  • Copies of recent publications (max. 5) relevant for the field in question
  • List of courses taught
  • A list of three referees with their name, address and present position. Please indicate their relationship to you

All applications will be handled in the strictest confidence.

Gender equality

The University of Luxembourg is committed to achieving gender parity among its academic staff and aims to eliminate obstacles to recruitment of female professors and their career development. Should candidates present equivalent CVs, preference will be given to female candidates in all departments where gender parity is not yet achieved.

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunities employer.

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 …
Further information…

Contact: Associate Prof. Dr. Antoine FISCHBACH, Email:

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