Luxembourg (L): Doctoral Candidate (m/f)

University: Doctoral Candidate (m/f) in Psychology, Social Sciences or related fields (RCREQ0003800)

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract | Duration: 36 Month

Doctoral Candidate (m/f) in Psychology, Social Sciences or related fields

The University of Luxembourg (UL) invites applications for a position of doctoral candidate at the Department of Social Sciences:

Doctoral Candidate (m/f) in Psychology, Social Sciences or related fields

  • Ref: RCREQ0003800
  • 36 months fixed-term contract (full time : 40 hours/week)
  • Employee and student status
  • Keywords: life course; older age; cognitive ageing; cross-national analysis; inequality of educational opportunities; gender inequalities


The doctoral candidate will undertake research closely linked to the objectives of the research project ‘Cognitive Aging: From Educational Opportunities to Individual Risk Profiles’ funded by the European Research Council (2019-2023).

Project framework:

Cognitive impairment and dementia have dramatic individual and social consequences, and create high economic costs for societies. Moving beyond individual-level explanations such as education and lifestyle, there is to date little evidence about the role of contextual factors in explaining cohort differences in cognitive functioning and ageing. One of the project objectives is thus to comparatively assess the role of macro-level determinants in cognitive functioning and aging, with a focus on inequalities related to education and gender. This will be done using population-representative, harmonized cross-national aging surveys such as SHARE or HRS, and information on macro-level determinants across countries and cohorts, e.g. intergenerational social mobility, from World Bank, UN, etc. The doctoral candidate’s research will substantially contribute to this project objective.

Your Role

  • Contribute to the project’s research on cognitive aging and dementia
  • Conduct research towards a PhD in Social Sciences
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Harmonize and analyse data
  • Interpretation and preparation of findings for publication in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Disseminate findings at conferences and meetings
  • Participate in training activities

Your Profile

  • Master in Psychology, Social Sciences, Gerontology, or related field with quantitative training
  • Methodological skills and statistical training beyond introductory courses, and expertise in using statistical software packages (preferably Stata, R or equivalent)
  • Fluency in English
  • Willingness to publish competitively
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team

We offer

  • A position in a highly visible research project at the frontiers of knowledge in the field of social sciences and dementia
  • Opportunities for training, international mobility, and conference participation
  • A multi-disciplinary, international, well-equipped work environment
  • Excellent training opportunities (disciplinary, interdisciplinary, quantitative methods) at our Doctoral School

Further Information

All applications need to be sent through the online submission system via link below. Please upload the following documents in PDF format:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research proposal detailing your interest to contribute to the CRISP project
  • Contact details of two persons with full name and institution that can be approached as referees
  • Copies of diplomas or transcripts with grades if issued in a language other than English, French or German

Deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.

Gender policy:

UL is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on site or via video conference call.

The ERC StG project CRISP (grant no. 803239, PI: Assoc. Prof. Anja Leist) ‘Cognitive Aging: From Educational Opportunities to Individual Risk Profiles’ is an interdisciplinary project located in the Social Sciences. Find out more about the project (, and the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences (

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