Luxembourg (L): Postdoc

Universität: Postdoc in Sociology, Psychology or related fields (m/f) (50013954)

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research university.

The University of Luxembourg (UL) invites applications for a postdoc position (m/f) to work on the project ‘Cognitive Aging: From Educational Opportunities to Individual Risk Profiles’ funded by the European Research Council (2019-2023).

Postdoc in Sociology, Psychology or related fields (m/f)

  • Ref: 50013954
  • Two-year fixed-term contract, renewable up to 12/2023
  • Full-time (40h/week)


Research in the recent years has shown that education, social and behavioural factors are relevant in maintaining cognitive functioning up to advanced older ages, and that – in absence of a cure of dementia – we need to better understand the macro-social determinants, and social and behavioural influences that can increase cognitive reserve across the life course and delay cognitive ageing in older age. The CRISP project investigates to which extent earlier inequality of educational opportunities and gender inequalities, across the life course and in different domains, have affected cognitive functioning of today’s older cohorts. This will be done using longitudinal, population-representative, harmonized cross-national aging surveys, e.g., the different Health and Retirement Studies across the world. These data will be merged with contextual information provided by different sources, such as World Bank, WHO, and the United Nations Development Programme.

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Your Role

  • Contribute to the project’s research on cognitive aging and dementia
  • Further develop the theoretical rationale and conceptual framework on macro-level determinants in cognitive functioning and ageing
  • Conduct empirical, statistical analyses and prepare papers for publication in leading international peer-reviewed journals
  • Disseminate findings at conferences and meetings

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. Please contact Anja Leist ( in case of further questions.

Your Profile

  • PhD in Sociology, Psychology, or related fields
  • Training in quantitative/statistical skills, particularly on the handling of cross-country and/or panel data
  • Programming skills (Stata, R)
  • Fluency in English language
  • 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 inequalities, health, and cognitive ageing
  • Opportunities for further training, international mobility, career development and participation in international conferences
  • A multi-disciplinary, international, well-equipped work environment

Gender policy: UL is an equal opportunity employer.

Further Information

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

  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications
  • Motivation letter (1-max. 2 pages) 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 October 4th, 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on site or via video conference call.

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