The University of Luxembourg (UL), which currently ranks 25th among the worldwide best universities under 50 years on the Times Higher Education (THE) list, is a public university with a strong focus on research and a very international faculty. The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, life sciences and medicine.

The Department of Life Sciences and Medicine (DLSM) ( at the UL is excited to open opportunities for aspiring young researchers who bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas and a passion for scientific discovery. It currently has four major research groups focusing on several aspects of cancer research and hosts Bachelor and Master programmes (Life Sciences, medical education and nursing science).

We are looking for excellent candidates in areas such as cell biology, biochemistry, cancer biology, microbiology or physiology to build up a new research group within the department.

We invite excellent researchers to express their interest in applying with UL-institutional support for high-level national/ EU career development funding:

These funding schemes provide highly competitive five-year grants and are designed to attract and support outstanding researchers to set up their own research groups within a host institution. After successful application to the above-mentioned funding opportunities, employment of the candidates will be at the level of tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor. After 5 years, the evaluation for tenure as Associate/Full Professor will take place at UL, with the aim to secure an unlimited employment contract.

What we expect from you…
  • Candidates must have an outstanding track record in their field of research (e.g., cell biology, cancer research, developmental biology, pharmacology or a related subject area)
  • Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have substantial postdoctoral training with a record of significant research accomplishments suitable to set up and lead an independent research team
  • Candidates must provide an excellent research proposal, which is attractive for collaborations within the department and the faculty as well as with other national or international actors
  • Candidates must contribute to teaching activities in their research area at the level of bachelor, master, and doctoral degree.

Language requirements

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

In Short…
  • Contract type: 5 years tenure track position if PEARL/ERC/Attract project is granted, after a successful evaluation for tenure as Associate/Full Professor an unlimited employment contract will be provided.
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Earliest starting date: see indicative timeline
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL05982
How to apply…

Applications should include:

  • CV, including indication of family leave and career breaks
  • Record of research work, record of teaching experience, including but not limited to:
    • Full list of publications
    • List and brief description of research projects executed during the last 5 (five) years
    • List of supervised doctoral theses
    • List of teaching activities during the last 5 (five) years
    • 2 page description of research interests and plans

We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 15 October 2023. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

Indicative timeline:

  • Until mid October 2023: Collection of applications
  • Nov 2023 – January 2024: Screening of applications and interviews
  • February – April 2024: Selection of candidates and appropriate funding scheme
  • Summer 2024: Researchers’ profiles for high-level grants (FNR-PEARL, FNR-ATTRACT, ERC) must be submitted on UL-internal level (deadline probably in May 2024) and will be subject to revision of the rectorate and the board of governors. Once approved, the applicants can go ahead with preparing the actual submission documents
  • Autumn/Winter 2024: expected ERC-starting/consolidator/FNR-Attract/FNR-PEARL application deadlines (ERC advanced only in 2025)

The University of Luxembourg is committed to gender equality among its academic staff and aims to remove barriers to the recruitment and career development of female professors. In the event that two candidates present equivalent CVs, the University will give preference to the female candidate in all departments where gender balance is not achieved.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barriers in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…
  • 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…

Living and working in Luxembourg…

Luxembourg has an extensive welfare system. It comprises a social security, health, and pension funds. Among those benefits, there are various types of financial aids directly linked to the schooling and education of children: family allowance, birth allowance & children’s future allowance. Further information:

The country has an extensive public education system that comprises as well International and European Schools. Further information:

For more general information about living and working in Luxembourg, including tips for accommodation and entry conditions/visas, please view the Euraxess Researcher Guide:


Prof. Dr. Iris Behrmann, head of DLSM:

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