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PhD postion - University of Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg
4 PhD (Doctoral Candidate) Positions in Economics (m/f)

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University. The University of Luxembourg (UL) and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) invite applications for up to 4 PhD (Doctoral Candidate) positions in Economics (m/f)

  • Fixed- term 14 months initial contract, extendable to 48 months
  • 40 hours/week (full-time)
  • Employee and Student status
  • Starting date : September 2018 (or sooner)

in the research field of Economics, within the newly established Doctoral Training Unit on "Migration, Inequalities and Labour Markets (MINLAB)", which is funded under the framework of the PRIDE scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).


The objective is to improve knowledge on three major contemporary issues in modern societies, namely: migration, inequalities and labour markets. The training programme will provide the researchers with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to take up this challenge. An indicative list of potential topics is proposed below. This list is by no means exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to propose their own research topics.

For further question, please contact Mrs Elisa Ferreira: elisa.ferreira


  • Master's degree in Economics (quantitative or research training)
  • Eligible for the Doctoral Schools in Economics and Finance: Economists should hold a degree equivalent to a Research or Quantitative Master in Economics (see
  • Strong interest in at least one of the three fields: migration, inequalities and labour market
  • Good English language skills
  • Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Curiosity and self-motivation

We aim to increase the proportion of women in research and therefore explicitly encourage qualified female graduates to apply. Furthermore, we want to promote compatibility of family and work. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.


  • A dynamic and well-equipped research environment
  • Intensive training in scientific and transferable skills, participation in schools, conferences and workshops
  • Three-year (fixed term) employee contract at UL or LISER, extensible to four years under specific conditions
  • Enrolment as a PhD student in the Doctoral School of Economics and Finance at UL
  • Personal work space at UL or LISER (depending on project)


Applicants are required to send the following documents in English:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Motivation letter detailing how the applicant meets the selection criteria. The motivation letter should identify up to three topics and order of preference. The topics can be chosen among those listed below, or be the applicant's own research proposals in the relevant areas; - Publication list (if applicable);
  • Contact details of two persons willing to provide a letter of recommendation;
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts of (current and past) Master in Economics with grades (with English translation).

All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. Please note that incomplete applications or applications without project priorities will not be considered.

Contact person:

TOPICS: Indicative list of topics:

a - Understanding the sustainability of policies for free movement of workers in the context of many countries, unemployment issues, skill heterogeneity, language barriers and income redistribution. Calibration to EU

Advisor: Prof. Pierre Picard

b - Studying the impact of immigration policies increasing the match between immigrants skills and labour market needs on the economic performance of immigrants

Advisor: Prof. Michel Beine

c - Evaluating the impact of policies on labour market outcomes based on state-of-the-art research designs in applied econometrics using survey or administrative data

Advisor: Prof. Konstantinos Tatsiramos

d - Understanding how public policies affect integration, migratory trajectories (including subsequent and return migration) and immigrants' ties with the home country

Advisor: Dr. Bertrand Verheyden


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