postdoctoral researcher in social sciences

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Work with us: Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences

36 Month Fixed Term Contract

Analyzing trend data is your strong professional side? Public health and young people’s well-being – that is what most interests you? Join the Luxembourg team of the “Health Behaviour in School-aged Children – HBSC” network as a postdoc in social sciences. Apply by 5 August 2022 and become our postdoctoral researcher in social sciences!

Your Role

The successful candidate will become a member of the Luxembourg team of the “Health Behaviour in School-aged Children – HBSC” network ( The HBSC network is an international cooperation of researchers that collaborate on the cross-national survey of school-aged children ( HBSC collects survey data every four years on adolescents’ health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours. The aim of the project is to understand young people’s health in their social context. The data collected is analysed both at the national level and at the international level.

The HBSC Luxembourg country team is situated at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research (CCY) within the Department of Social Sciences. The CCY comprises a multidisciplinary research team that examines the conditions and opportunity structures of growing up against the backdrop of social change and inequalities. It maintains strong links to other institutes and relevant organizations within and beyond the department, both nationally and internationally.


  • Contribute to the quantitative analysis of the Luxembourgish HBSC data 2022 and the trend data 2006-2022
  • Conduct and publish research in the area of public health and/or social scientific health research using HBSC data
  • Engage in policy-relevant analyses and dissemination of results to stakeholders (e.g., via policy briefs)
  • Participate in and present at relevant national and international conferences
  • Contribute to reports, an online data dashboard, and research publications

What we expect from you

  • Excellent Ph.D. degree in sociology, psychology, public health, or another relevant field
  • A high level of experience in quantitative data analysis
  • Applicants must be fluent in German or French and have a very good command of English. Understanding Luxembourgish is considered an asset.
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Willingness to engage in teamwork in research groups

We offer

  • Personal workspace at the University
  • Stimulating and supportive work environment with ample opportunities for collaboration and personal development

In Short

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Foreseen starting date: November 2022
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL05134

The yearly gross salary for every Postdoctoral researcher at the UL is 77 167,08 € (full time)

How to apply

Your application in German or French should be submitted online and include:

  • Motivation letter (max. two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (e.g., Ph. D. thesis, journal article)
  • Copies of diplomas
  • Names and contact details of two academic referees

We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 5 August 2022 – then the posting will remain online until filled. 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.

About the University

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 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.