Post-doc Researchers in Economics and other Social Sciences (m/f)

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research is recruiting

Post-doc Researchers in Economics and other Social Sciences (m/f)

LISER invites applications for several postdoctoral research positions in the broad thematic areas covered by the Institute.

Our institute is searching talented candidates who are able to develop autonomously and in cooperation with other members and groups of the institute a promising research agenda in one of our three research departments:


  • Labour Market                                                  PDR-19-1                             
  • Living Conditions                                             PDR-19-2                            
  • Urban Development and Mobility                   PDR-19-3             

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

While we will consider applications relevant to all thematic areas of LISER, we are particularly interested this year in appointing post-doc research fellows in the domains of (ia) personnel and behavioural economics and (ib) labour economics, (ii) social protection and the welfare state, in (iii) the economics of health and ageing; health and digital geographies. We will also consider applications related to the development of LISER’s research infrastructure and more specifically related to big data.

The position in personnel and behavioural economics (PDR-19-1a) will contribute to the reinforcement of the Labour Market department on the microeconomic analysis of organisations and employer-employee relationships, using survey data, lab and/or field experiments. Research experience on digitization and on workforce diversity is an asset.

The position in labour economics (PDR-19-1b) is expected to contribute to the department’s research on the impact of public policies on the labour market, and more specifically on the microeconomic analysis of regional and international labour mobility. The ideal candidate has a solid background in economic theory and is able to build the bridge between theory and empirical analyses.

The position in social protection and the welfare state (PDR-19-2) is meant to strengthen the capacity of the Living Conditions department in evaluating the effect of public policies on social welfare and socio-economic inequality and in anticipating the challenges the welfare state will be confronted to in the context of a changing society. In particular, the candidate should be able to develop a research agenda on the evaluation of social security programs or to address topics on the future of social protection in the context of technological transformation (automation, robotisation, digitisation) and population change (migration).

The position within Urban Development and Mobility Department is intended to strengthen the expertise of the team in urban/environmental health (PDR-19-3). One of the major challenges of metropolitan areas is to stimulate the development of healthy urban environments and use of new technologies, which allow people to live healthier, longer lives. The candidate should have experience in intervention studies and/or e-health. Another important challenge is the digital transformation of society and its consequences; for this topic, we are looking for a candidate studying the spatial dimensions of these transformations and/or smart cities.

About LISER departments

The Labour Market department’s 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. Also the ways supply and demand interact and are affected by public interventions are studied through the lenses of the behavioural aspects of employee-employer relations and through policy evaluation techniques. The department is multidisciplinary and makes use of theoretical and experimental, quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The department Living Conditions studies the multiple dimensions of the lives of individuals and families, from early childhood to old age, through education, fertility and family formation, employment and retirement. Quantitative, typically survey-based research, examines household income, inequality, poverty, and social inclusion in an international perspective and evaluation of the impact of educational policy, family policy, health policy and social policy in general on living conditions is an integral part of the research agenda.

Spatial, economic and social dimensions of urbanization, 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.

LISER also hosts a data management unit and 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.


LISER offers a vibrant and highly stimulating international research environment. It 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. LISER is well connected to the University of Luxembourg, and also to the top universities both worldwide and in the cross-border neighbourhood.

Based on its scientific expertise and solid academic reputation, the institute addresses current and future societal challenges and provides relevant and independent policy advice both on the national and on the European level. The scientific output is not only regularly published in high profile peer reviewed journals and books, but also in form of articles reaching a wider audience. The institute staff consists of about 70 researchers from all over the world active in the fields of economics, sociology, political sciences and geography (see

About LISER environment

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 (

Luxembourg with its 500,000 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/or French.

Qualifications / Experience

Applicants should possess an outstanding Master and PhD in economics, social or health sciences with a focus on labour market, social policy, economic geography, urban geography or health. The positions also require affinity with policy related questions and except for the UDM position 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).

Employment conditions

The candidates will be hired based on a contract for up to 5 years with a tenure track option. We offer highly competitive salaries and significant mobility and network funding.

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following:

  1. letter of application;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. research agenda defining a specific area of research interest in line with LISER specificity;
  4. copy of diplomas;
  5. one job market paper;
  6. three reference letters.

Send applications via the following link:

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

Except for the UDM position (PDR-19-3), interviews will be conducted at the SAEe meeting 2017 in Barcelona As well as at the ASSA annual meeting in Philadelphia

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

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11, porte des Sciences

Esch-sur-Alzette , Luxembourg





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