The Department of Finance of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg is looking for a PhD candidate to conduct research in Empirical Finance.

Your Role…

The doctoral researcher will be working under the supervision of Professor Thorsten Lehnert. The doctoral researcher’s main task will be to prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of Empirical Finance. The thesis work will be undertaken at the University of Luxembourg but can also be jointly-supervised with another university. The doctoral candidate will contribute to the teaching of classes ranging from one to three hours per week, of small group teachings and tutorials.

The doctoral researcher will benefit from being part of a large research group comprising several PhDs working on related topics. The doctoral researcher will be a member of the Department of Finance, which is located in the financial center of Luxembourg at Campus Kirchberg. The department consists of research-oriented faculty members and provides an international and stimulating environment with regular research seminars and several high-quality conferences. The department collaborates with the Luxembourg financial center, the European Stability Mechanism, the Central Bank of Luxembourg and other financial institutions located in Luxembourg.


We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated interest in Finance. In particular, the following requirements apply:

  • A Master’s Degree in Finance.
  • Have the linguistic skills to evolve in a multilingual environment: fluency in English and a good understanding of a second language, German or French in particular, will be considered an advantage.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
In Short…
  • Contract Type: 36 months Fixed Term Contract (extendable to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full-time position, 40h/week
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL05489

In particular, we offer:

  • An exciting international and multilingual research environment and the possibility to be part of a research team working on related topics.
  • Personal workspace (full-time contract requires the doctoral candidate to work at the University premises).
  • Travel opportunities for training and learning.
  • The University offers highly competitive salaries is an equal opportunity employer.
How to apply…

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system and include:

  • A motivation letter.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae.
  • A transcript of concluded university studies.
  • The name, current position and relationship to the applicant, of one referee.

For more information concerning this position, please contact Prof. Thorsten Lehnert, email:

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 30/06/2023. 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.

About us…

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Bachelor programmes, four Master programmes of Management and Economics and six Masters of Laws (LL.M.), as well as several continuing education courses. It also includes the Doctoral School in Law and the Doctoral School in Economics and Finance. Around 2,500 students from 90 different nationalities are enrolled at the Faculty. Academic staff from 18 different nationalities teach at the Faculty, supported by practitioners from the field, visiting scholars and guest professors. Rooted in Luxembourg but with a European and international outlook, the Faculty counts three departments:

  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics and Management
  • Department of Finance

Teaching and research benefit from the proximity of the European institutions, Luxembourg’s leading international financial centre and its vibrant business community. Institutional and private sector partnerships, sponsored Chairs and a growing network of international partner universities make the FDEF a vibrant academic hub at the heart of Europe.

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