University of Luxembourg

Post-doctoral position in Quantitative Sociology, population dynamics and inequality

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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.

Your Role...

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for conducting competitive research in the field of quantitative social sciences, with a particular emphasis on the topics of stratification, inequality, and population studies. This position requires a high level of proficiency in statistical tools, specifically in Stata. The postdoctoral researcher will be a member of the Institute for Research on Socio-Economic Inequality (IRSEI), which is a part of the Department of Social Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences at the University of Luxembourg.

The research conducted at IRSEI, which was established through a research excellence program (PEARL) funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR), is focused on comparative stratification research projects in the sociology of inequalities, population dynamics, social cohesion, and inequalities. Our primary research directions include the intensification of economic inequalities in income and wealth, the emergence of new social cleavages, and transformations of age groups and birth cohorts.

Tasks and mission:

The selected candidate will become a member of the IRSEI team and will work closely with the principal investigator, Prof. Louis Chauvel. In this role, the candidate will be responsible for:

  • Developing research and projects focused on the comparative sociology of inequality, stratification, and social change
  • Publishing their research findings in high-visibility international peer-reviewed journals
  • Disseminating results through workshops, and conferences
  • Additionally, the candidate will be involved in contributing to the preparation of competitive project proposals

What we expect from you…

  • Strong experience in advanced quantitative research, with a preference for Stata, is mandatory
  • Possession of a Doctoral Degree in the social sciences is required
  • Evidence of publications in competitive academic journals is required
  • A focus on domains of stratification, social change, and population dynamics is preferred
  • Excellent communication skills are required to support the supervision of students
  • An excellent level of proficiency in English is required, while French language skills would be a useful asset

We offer...

  • Personal workspace 
  • Stimulating international work environment and integration
  • Possibilities for further training and career development
  • Resources for the participation to international congresses and missions abroad

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Befristeter Vertrag 24 Monat (with potential extension up to 5 years)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Stunden pro Woche
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL04614

The yearly gross salary for every Postdoctoral Researcher at the UL is EUR 81072 full time

How to apply...

Candidates will submit their application online:

  • Motivation letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications, samples of original work, names and addresses of two referees
  • Copies of diplomas

All correspondence should be in English. We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 31/05/2023. 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 …
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Further information...

For further information, please contact:

Professor Louis Chauvel Email:

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