Post-doctoral researcher in Geography or Environmental Social Sciences - The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research

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Tags: Geography | Environmental science

  • Ref : 21-01
  • Full time, 40 hours/week
  • 2 years fixed-term contract
  • Work contract at LISER, department of Urban Development and Mobility
  • Expected start date: as soon as possible

LISER invites highly qualified and motivated applicants for a Post-doctoral position within the framework of the Interreg RECOTTE project (RECOnversion des Territoires par la Transition Ecologique).

Project description

Ecological transition is a hot topic. For example, in 2019, the European Union has set a series of measures and guidelines to address climate change in the European Green Deal, with financial support and targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In connection with these initiatives, each member state has defined its own National Energy Climate Plan as a political basis for moving towards a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy system and for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. However, the application of these policies is difficult to implement and their articulation at the local and cross-border levels is even more complex. In addition, local authorities in cross-border regions seem insufficiently organized and equipped to take the ecological transition turn and respond to these challenges.

The RECOTTE project deals - both in a scientific and in an applied perspective - with this challenging ecological transition at the local cross-border level. More specifically, the project aims at supporting local actors (municipalities but also citizens) in the transition process, by bringing out potential cross-border synergies to jointly respond to the climate and energy challenges of the future, and by co-constructing lever projects to carry out joint actions. To that purpose, RECOTTE proposes an innovative methodology to determine the priorities and initiatives to be carried out at local cross-border level in terms of ecological transition This methodology will be tested on three cross-border urban centres located in Walloon, France and Luxembourg, which differ in configuration and intensity of cross-border cooperation. The research associate closely work together with staff of LISER and partners in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

Your role

  • Collecting information from local actors on ecological transition: (i) draw up a complete picture of the transition dynamics at the local level and of the actors involved in these transition processes, and (ii) conduct a series of interviews with actors directly or indirectly involved in ecological transition;
  • Analyse interviews and identify emerging cross-border priorities within border territories in relation to ecological transition;
  • Participate in workshops and focus groups, and organise collaborative working sessions with a view to raising the awareness of different local publics about the challenges of ecological transition and to build collectively cross-border lever projects;
  • Publish academic articles in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Participate in other study and research activities of the Urban Development and Mobility Department;
  • Write a research project to obtain external funding.

Your profile

  • PhD in human geography, spatial planning, ecology or other social and environmental sciences if the qualifications obtained are in line with the expectations of the position;
  • Publications and research works on issues related to ecological transition, cross-border cooperation, urban renewal and governance;
  • Strong skills in qualitative survey techniques; knowledge of methods associated with Discourse Network Analysis (DNA) would be an asset;
  • Experience in the organisation and animation of workshops and focus groups;
  • Proficiency in oral French is essential for interviews and workshops;
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written, is imperative for professional integration within the Institute;

We offer

  • A dynamic, stimulating, and interdisciplinary work environment;
  • Internationally competitive remuneration.

Application Process

Please submit your complete application via https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs before 14th February 2021:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter of motivation;
  • A note suggesting research issues for academic papers related to the project's theme;
  • Copy of the highest diploma;
  • 1 or 2 scientific works (reports, articles) demonstrating editorial quality;
  • 2 letters of recommendation to be sent directly to recruitment@liser.lu.

Closing date for applications: 14th February 2021

For project related information, please contact Dr Frédéric Durand (no applications) – frederic.durand@liser.lu.

For administrative matters, please contact recruitment@liser.lu



LISER is a publicly funded research institute located in Luxembourg and dedicated to applied empirical research in economic, social and spatial sciences. Multi- and interdisciplinarity is a key element for stimulating scientific innovation. The Institute attracts top researchers from all over the world and high-level student training is a vibrant part of the Institute’s activities. The Institute‘s staff consists of about 180 employees (including a survey and data center), more than 50% of the staff being researchers, mainly from the fields of economics, sociology, and geography (see www.liser.lu).

The Institute is located on the new Belval campus in the south of Luxembourg, which hosts the University of Luxembourg and a substantial part of the country’s publicly funded research facilities, i.e. LISER, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) cross-national data center, the Luxembourg institutes of Health (LIH) and of Science and Technology (LIST). The University has outstanding high performance computing facilities available for use by associated researchers in the Luxembourg Institutes.

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