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Fully funded PhD researcher in Economics with a focus on Economic History at LISER

07-07-2022 17:47

LISER ( invites highly motivated applicants for a PhD position in the Labour Market Department and its new head Prof Christina Gathmann.

The successful candidate will be based at LISER and formally enrolled in the Doctoral School of Economics, Finance, and Management (DSEFM) at the University of Luxembourg. Supervision is joint across these institutions, meaning that the student will be mentored by Prof. Christina Gathmann – head of the Labour Market Department at LISER - and two other committee members. Moreover, the student will be closely followed by two postdocs at LISER who specialize in migration and economic history (Gaspare Tortorici and Martín Fernández Sánchez).

The position is funded through a consortium led by the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) within the Doctoral Training Unit “Deep Data Science of Digital History”. The core of the PhD project will aim at understanding the interplay between industrialization, human capital, and migration during the 19th and early-20th centuries in Europe. During the PhD, the student will follow a variety of courses held by the University of Luxembourg and he/she will be given access to ad-hoc training.

Your Role
– Preparing a doctoral thesis in Economics, with a focus on quantitative Economic History;
– Actively participating in the activities organized by LISER and the University of Luxembourg;
– Writing single- and co-authored papers publishable in peer-reviewed journals;
– Presenting academic papers at international conferences.

Your Profile
– A Master’s degree in Economics, History, or a related discipline;
– Strong interest in quantitative methods, and machine learning; an interest in economic history is a plus;
– A good understanding of coding languages (e.g., Python and R) and/or STATA;
– Excellent command of English and willingness to learn French and/or German to conduct archival work (should the need arise).

LISER particularly encourages female researchers to apply.

We offer
– A highly competitive salary for the full-time PhD position plus a generous annual training budget;
– Ad-hoc training (e.g., programming, GIS, econometrics, language classes, etc.) and career development as well as access to a wide range of courses and seminars offered by LISER and the University;
– A dynamic and stimulating research environment with top-tier scholars on applied economics (in particular, migration and labor economics) and many other PhD students;
– Close mentoring by a senior advisor and two young researchers specialized in the topic;
– An exciting multi-disciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities to exchange with scholars from related disciplines at both LISER and the University;
– Personal workspace at LISER and excellent work equipment.

About LISER and the University of Luxembourg
LISER is a publicly funded research institute in Luxembourg devoted to applied research in economic, social, and spatial sciences. The institute has about 180 employees and 100 researchers. LISER excels particularly in the fields of public and labor economics, urban planning and mobility, being among the top 10 institutions worldwide for research on migration (IDEAS). Interdisciplinary is at the heart of the institute, which creates a stimulating and innovative environment. The working languages at LISER are English and French.

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is a modern institution aspiring to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities. With less than two decades of existence, the University of Luxembourg already ranks among the best 300 universities in the world (THE, 2022). It is structured around three faculties and three interdisciplinary centers with a distinctly international, multilingual, and interdisciplinary character. In 2021, the university’s staff included 270 professors and about 8,000 students, 52% of them foreigners coming from over 120 different countries.

The institute is located on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, which hosts the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities, i.e. LISER, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) cross-national data center, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST).
Information for foreign researchers interested in Luxembourg research is accessible via the national EURAXESS platform

About Luxembourg
Despite its small size, Luxembourg is one of the most dynamic and diverse countries in Europe. It mixes modern culture and tradition, a majestic capital city, and breathtaking nature. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Luxembourg offers excellent health care, education, and amenities, including a variety of cultural activities such as museums, music venues, theatres, etc. Located between France, Belgium, and Germany, the country is superbly connected to other major cities like Paris or Brussels, which can be reached in 2-3 hours by train. Luxembourg is home to a large international community, with close to 40% of its population being foreigners. The official languages are French, German, and Luxemburgish, yet given the high number of international people, English is widely spoken throughout the country.

Application process
Please submit your complete application through our online system:
– Motivation letter (max. 1 page);
– A short outline of a potential research idea for the dissertation (max. 2 pages);
– a CV;
– copies of relevant degree diplomas and transcripts, especially Master degree;
– a relevant written document (e.g. a working paper, a chapter from your MA/MSc thesis, a
seminar paper);
– two letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent
separately to mentioning the reference 22-15).

Deadline for applications: 31st July 2022.

Interviews will take place the first week of August for short-listed candidates.
For PhD related information, please contact Prof. Christina Gathmann: christina.gathmann[at] (no applications).
For administrative matters, please contact recruitment[at]



Η Δράση Αναβάθμιση και Ανανέωση του ιστοχώρου της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Οικονομικής Ιστορίας χρηματοδοτείται από το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ενίσχυσης Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών 2016