Junior Researcher (m/f)

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting

Junior Researcher (m/f)

• Ref 17-18

• Full time, 40 hrs/week

• Fixed-term contract: 2 years with a possibility of extension

The deadline for applications is 24th November 2017.

This junior researcher position is linked to a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) on the impact evaluation of ESF labour market programs. The researcher, who will also be invited to collaborate on other projects, is expected to produce research reports and academic articles, as well as to popularize results towards a wider audience. He/she will be part of the Labour Market department. The candidate holds a PhD in Economics or Statistics, in the domain of causal inference with applications in labour economics. Written and spoken proficiency in both English and French is necessary.


 PhD in Economics or Statistics; or equivalent;

 Expertise in the field of causal inference;

 Excellent knowledge of labour economics;

 Proficiency in both English and French.

Technical and behavioural skills:

 Mastery in statistical softwares (Stata, R,…);

 Excellent writing and communication skills (in both scientific and layman’s terms);

 Notions of machine learning is a plus;

 Autonomy and critical thinking;

 Proactive behavior and collaborative spirit.


LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The institute attracts top researchers from all over the world and high-level student training is a vivid part of the institute’s activities. The institute staff consists of about 130 employees, of which about 70 of them are researchers from the fields of economics, sociology, political sciences and geography (see www.liser.lu). The insitute is well connected to the University of Luxembourg, and to other universities in the cross-border neighbourhood. It is an integral part of the fast growing research environment of the Cité des Sciences on the new Belval campus in the south of the country. Based on its scientific expertise and high academic reputation, the institute addresses current and future societal challenges and provides relevant and independent policy advice both on the national and European level. The scientific output is not only regularly published in high profile peer reviewed journals and books, but also in forms of popular articles reaching a wider audience. The Institute currently comprises of three research departments, a Data Management Unit and an administrative department. The first department is ‘’Labour Market’’. Its research interests relate to both the supply (intrahousehold allocation and specific groups such as migrants and cross-border workers) and demand (firm organisational practices) sides of the Labour Market. The ways offer and demand interact and are affected by public interventions are also studied through the lenses of labour relations and through policy evaluation techniques. The department is multidisciplinary and makes use of theoretical, quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The second department is “Living Conditions”. This department studies the multiple dimensions of individuals’ and families’ life, from early childhood to old age, through education, fertility and family formation, from employment to retirement. Quantitative, typically survey-based research, examines household income, wealth, inequality, poverty, and social inclusion from a variety of perspectives. The impact evaluation of educational, family, health and wider social policy on living conditions is an integral part of the research agenda. The last one is the ”Urban Development and Mobility” department. Spatial, economic and social dimensions of urbanisation, interactions between daily and residential mobility, cross-border cooperation and integration, and land market, residential real estate prices and housing policy are the main topics addressed by the Urban Development and Mobility department. Among else, the department hosts the Housing Observatory (since 2003) producing statistics and analyses related to the residential land and real estate markets in Luxembourg. The Data Management Unit collects a wide range of survey data on households and individuals. LISER is collecting the national components of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, the Survey on Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe, and the Household Finance and Consumption Survey, exploitation of which is strongly encouraged for cross-national comparative research.

Location : Belval Cité des Sciences, Luxembourg

The institute is located in the Cité des Sciences on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, hosting the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities. The Cité des Sciences is a unique and outstanding academic enterprise in the heart of Europe http://www.belval.lu/en/ Luxembourg with its nearly 600,000 inhabitants is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and provides a stimulating mixture of modern culture and tradition. Contemporary urbanity of its capital lies in close vicinity to a rich nature. In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art and theatre. The country is about to become a five language nation. Besides the official languages French, German and Luxemburgish, English, Italian and Portuguese are frequently spoken. The working languages at the institute are English and French. Applicants should possess an outstanding Master and PhD in economics or social sciences with a focus on labour market, social policy or economic geography. The positions also require affinity with policy related questions and profound knowledge in micro-econometric modelling. It is expected that the candidates engage in external project funding at national and international science foundations. We also expect excellent written and spoken proficiency in English (one additional foreign language like French or German is highly appreciated).

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following:

1. Letter of application;

2. Curriculum vitae;

3. Copy of diplomas:

4. Three reference letters.

Please ask your referees to send their letter to: recruitment@liser.lu

Send applications via the online platform: https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs

The deadline for applications is 24th November 2017.

Please note that the interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held at the end of November 2017 and/or beginning of December 2017.

LISER - Campus Belval – 11, porte des Sciences L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette – Luxembourg

We offer an international, dynamic and inspiring environment with highly competitive salaries LISER is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Faculty / postdoc, researcher

11, porte des Sciences, L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette

Esch-sur-Alzette , Luxembourg





Faculty / postdoc, researcher

Application Deadline:

Expired help