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.

In our constant effort to improve the quality and fairness of our educational large-scale assessments, the Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) is looking for a Research and Development Specialist who shares our passion for merging the latest technology with the newest developments in psychological assessment. 

Your Role…

The successful candidate will specialize in and help with the application of psychometric data analytic approaches (e.g. IRT, diagnostic classification models) to a large-scale mathematics assessment. He/ she will be an integral part of a team and help with data management, data analysis, and support scientific publications. Depending on the candidate’s background and interest, the focus may/ can shift. The position is integrated in a highly motivated team that is guided by local and international experts and ideal to gather first experiences in academia.

Your Activities

The following general research tasks are included in the responsibilities of the position:

  • Data management and data analysis
  • Contribute to and support the conceptual development of diagnostic data analytic approaches
  • Contribute to and support the development of empirically grounded and didactically useful feedback protocols
  • Apply new and innovative data-analytic strategies bridging the gap between cognitive psychology and psychological assessment
  • Contribute to and support (co-)authored peer-reviewed scientific publications and present research outcomes at international conferences
  • Perform any other tasks within the framework of the position
What we expect from you…
  • Excellent master’s degree (or equivalent) in psychology, or educational science (preferably related to one of the following areas: cognitive psychology, psychological assessment) OR master’s degree in data science with first experience of/ interest in educational assessment data
  • Passion for psychological and educational assessment and ability to find creative solutions to complex problems
  • Proven experience with statistical software (R will be considered an advantage)
  • Good knowledge of or high interest in quantitative research methods and data analysis
  • Experience in implementing empirical studies
  • Very good oral and written competences in English (Luxembourgish, German, or French will be considered an advantage)
  • Proactive personality who is able to structure and prioritize the workload
  • Ability to quickly fit into a dynamic, multidisciplinary and multicultural team

What we can offer…

  • Close and supportive supervision in a friendly international interdisciplinary team
  • Opportunity to gain experience with latest technologies in psychological assessment
  • Chance to make an impact on the national school monitoring program
  • Inspiring environment of a highly international, modern, and digital university
In Short…
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 5 Month
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL05952
How to apply…

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Copies of diplomas

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 …
Further information…

For further inquiries please contact Dr. Philipp Sonnleitner.
Tel.: (+352) 46 66 44 – 9514

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