Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in Higher Education & Science Studies
Université du Luxembourg
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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The University About

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character .

It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching , is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education.

The University s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

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 four Bachelor and 15 Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.


The successful candidate will be work in the Institute of Education & Society (in the Department of Social Sciences) and a member of the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The doctoral candidate will conduct research leading to the completion of a doctoral thesis in the sociology of (higher) education and / or science studies.

Part of a small, multicultural research team working with Justin Powell, the successful candidate will have demonstrated interest and experience in the sociology of (higher) education, (comparative) higher education, research policy, bibliometrics or related fields.

Activities & Roles

  • Participate in the international collaborative project Relational Quality : Developing Quality through Collaborative Networks and Collaboration Portfolios (Q-KNOW), conducted by the Universities of Hannover, Hamburg, Mannheim, and Luxembourg ()
  • Conduct independent research leading to submission of a dissertation (monograph or cumulative) in the sociology of higher education or science studies.
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • English, German and / or French).

  • Transfer of relevant results to diverse communities : science, policy, and wider publics.
  • Teach seminar(s) in sociology, education, and / or research methods annually
  • in the Master in Social Sciences and Educational Sciences program : )

  • Assume administrative responsibilities within the research group and manage student research assistants.
  • Establish and maintain networks with a range of stakeholders and researchers in Europe and beyond.
  • What we expect from you

  • Excellent Master’s degree in sociology or social sciences
  • Knowledge of theories and empirical findings on institutions and organizations in higher education and science, especially Germany
  • Expertise in applying social scientific research methods
  • quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods)

  • Fluency in English and German (French also helpful)
  • An international, multi-lingual research environment
  • Very attractive remuneration
  • Intensive mentorship and support for an academic career
  • Membership in a strong research team
  • Personal workspace at the University of Luxembourg’s Belval Campus
  • Contract Type : Fixed Term Contract 36 Month - extendable up to 48 months if required
  • Work Hours : Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location : Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job reference : RCREQ0004329
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