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Doctoral candidate (PhD Student) in Political Science: Project on the Politics of Inequality & Housing

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    University of Luxembourg
    Political sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    31/05/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Luxembourg › Belval


The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for a funded doctoral candidate (PhD student) position in the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE). The successful candidate will play an active role in the implementation of the PROPEL project - PROactive Policymaking for Equal Lives led under the direction of Dr. Lindsay Flynn as Principal Investigator and funded by a €2 million ATTRACT Consolidator grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche. The PROPEL project is situated at the intersection of inequality studies, studies of the welfare state, and political economy. The project is hosted within the Institute of Political Science and part of the interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences. It has formal collaborations with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and the LIS Cross-National Data Center, with direct on-site access to LIS microdata.

About the PROPEL Project

The PROPEL project is seeking a team of committed scholars who, jointly, will use interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches to (1) identify the political inputs that shape housing markets and housing policies, (2) trace the ways in which housing markets and policies generate economic, social, and political inequalities in high-income OECD countries, and (3) propose policy-relevant and evidence-informed solutions to address contemporary inequalities. The project focuses on countries primarily but not exclusively in Europe and North America. It examines economic, social, and political inequality across important subgroups including younger and older generations, larger and smaller families, different racial and ethnic groups, and households with varying levels of income and wealth. It links housing to other related policy areas such as employment and pension policies. Each major work package of the project adopts a qualitative, quantitative, or experimental design and will be jointly led by the PI and one additional member of the PROPEL team.

Your Role

The successful candidate will help lead the "Relationships between Housing, Labor Markets, and Pensions" work package, which examines the ways in which inequalities in one policy area manifest or drive inequalities in other policy areas. This area of the project examines both micro (household) and macro (policy) level relationships, and primarily but not exclusively adopts quantitative methods.

The candidate's main task will be to prepare a doctoral thesis on the micro and/or macro-level relationships between housing, employment, and/or retirement.

Other tasks will include:

  • Project-based research and theory development
  • Project-relevant collaborations with the LIS Cross-National Data Center
  • Contribution to team-based tasks, collaborations, and project management
  • Other research and/or teaching tasks to be determined in relation to the needs of the project and the interests of the candidate, including support of project activities (e.g. workshops)
Your Profile
  • Master's degree in political science, public/social policy, or a related field in the social sciences
  • Sound conceptual and empirical mooring in inequality studies and the welfare state with an interest in the ways in which housing relates to other policy areas
  • Training and experience with quantitative approaches including the analysis of household level microdata. Familiarity with data visualization, qualitative methods and/or methods based in causal inference considered an asset
  • Strong project management skills with a desire to help lead a multi-year work package
  • Commitment to a team-based research environment with an ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of French and/or German an asset

We Offer

  • Opportunity to work on an innovative project that seeks to both understand and reduce inequalities
  • Fully-funded doctoral candidate position with a competitive salary
  • Regular personal exchanges with the supervisor, members of the PROPEL team, and the members of the thesis committee, and a high-quality research environment provided by the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • A dynamic, multicultural environment
In Short
  • Contract Type: initial 36 months fixed-term contract - extendable up to 48 months if required
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Foreseen starting date: Summer 2021
  • Location: Belval
  • Internal Title: Doctoral Researcher
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL04025
Further Information

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation for pursuing a PhD and interest in the project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded in the system or sent under separate cover to PROPEL@uni.lu)

Applications received by 15 May 2021 will receive full consideration. 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.

Here’s what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
Further information

For further information, please contact Professor Lindsay Flynn: lindsay.flynn@uni.lu

More Information

Offer Requirements

    Sociology: Master Degree or equivalent
    Political sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
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EURAXESS offer ID: 622922


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