Post-doctoral researcher in the field of housing (m/f)

Country: Luxembourg;

City: Esch-sur-Alzette

Vacancy added: 27.05.2019

Employer: LISER

Resumes due: 17.06.2019


Post-doctoral researcher in the field of housing (m/f)

  • Ref: 19-10
  • Full time, 40 hours/week
  • Fixed-term contract 2 years (possible extension)
  • Work contract at LISER, department of Urban Development and Mobility
  • Expected start date: as soon as possible

LISER is looking for a candidate for a post-doc position that would contribute to research on affordable housing, housing inequalities, and housing policy. The post-doc researcher will join the Department of Urban Development and Mobility at LISER.

Your role

The post-doc position will cover three types of research activities: a contribution to the project on the “Effects of Affordable Housing on Subjective Well-being” (A-HOUSE) funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (Project no 12700468) and led by Dr. Magdalena Górczyńska; a contribution to the project “Housing Observatory” led by Dr. Julien Licheron and Dr. Antoine Paccoud; the development of an independent research agenda on housing.

The first period of the post-doc position will be dedicated to the A-HOUSE project which focuses on the relationship between affordable housing (AH) and well-being and its determinants. The post-doc researcher will contribute to the third goal of the project, namely to the identification of the differences in the perception of the determinants of residential satisfaction by different groups of stakeholders. In particular, she/he will be in charge of the individual interviews with public actors and residents (around 16 in total), discourse analysis, as well as the organization of two interactive workshops with public actors and residents in Luxembourg. It is expected that the post-doc will prepare at least one publishable paper for a peer-reviewed journal with an impact factor of over one in Scopus (e.g. Housing Studies). In addition, the post-doc will be involved in the on-going preparation of the questionnaire for the “affordable housing” survey in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing in Luxembourg.

From 2020 onwards, the post-doc will be more involved in the works of the Housing Observatory. This is a project run in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing in Luxembourg and covers a wide range of housing-related topics: 1) house and land prices, 2) affordable housing and housing conditions, 3) housing policy, 4) land property, potential and its change. The post-doc will contribute in particular to the 2nd and 3rd topic.

The post-doc is strongly encouraged and supported to submit a research proposal for external funding which could extend the duration of the contract.

Your profile

  • A strong interest in studying the impact of living in affordable housing on individual subjective well-being, housing inequalities and housing policy
  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field of the social sciences (Human Geography, Sociology, Political Sciences or equivalent discipline)
  • A strong expertise in qualitative research (including data collection through in-depth interviews, focus-groups and the analysis of qualitative data)
  • An expertise in quantitative research (e.g. evaluation of housing policies)
  • A good publication record
  • Experience in external project funding at national and international science foundations
  • The ability to apply to national and international calls for tenders
  • An affinity with policy related issues
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work harmoniously in multi-disciplinary and multicultural research team and with a number of different types of stakeholders (such as policy-makers, NGOs and local residents)
  • Good organizational skills (experience in organizing workshops, lecture series, and/or stakeholder meetings would be highly appreciated)
  • Written and speaking proficiency in English and French (an official language in Luxembourg); knowledge of an additional language such as Luxembourgish or German would be highly appreciated.

We offer

  • A dynamic, growing and well-equipped research environment with good working conditions
  • Personal workspace
  • Stimulating work environment
  • Internationally competitive remuneration


The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) offers a vibrant and stimulating international research environment. It is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and devoted to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The institute attracts researchers from all over the world and high-level doctoral training is part of the institute’s activities. LISER is well connected to the University of Luxembourg and to universities in the cross-border neighbourhood. The institute employs 160 people including a survey and data center as well as 85 researchers from all over the world active in the fields of geography, economics, sociology and political sciences (see

About the Community

Luxembourg with its nearly 600,000 inhabitants is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and provides a stimulating mixture of modern culture and tradition. Contemporary urbanity of its capital lies in close vicinity to a rich nature. In addition to excellent health, education (public, private and high level international schools) and recreational services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art and theatre. The country is about to become a five language nation. Besides the official languages French, German and Luxemburgish, English, Italian and Portuguese are frequently spoken. The working languages at the institute are French and/or English.

Application Process

Candidates should provide:

(1) A full CV

(2) A cover letter including a short (half page) description of a challenging research idea the candidate would be interested in developing at LISER

(3) Copies of diplomas

(4) Two letters of reference (to be uploaded with the application documents or sent

Please apply through our online system:  

Deadline for applications: June, 17th 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in the second half of June 2019 in Luxembourg.

For additional information related to the A-HOUSE project (no applications), please contact Dr. Magdalena GORCZYNSKA (

For additional information related to the Housing Observatory project (no applications), please contact Dr. Julien LICHERON ( or Dr. Antoine PACCOUD (

For administrative matters, please contact:

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