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Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of Political Science (EU Economic Governance / Political Economy of Finance)

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The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide. 

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

The faculty’s research and teaching focuses on social, economic, political and educational issues with the common goal of contributing to an inclusive, open and resourceful society. The FHSE offers six Bachelor and twenty Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.

Your Role...

The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Social Sciences, working within the discipline of Political Science. Under the direction of Prof. David Howarth, the candidate will have the opportunity of completing a doctoral thesis in the area of the EU Economic Governance and / or the Political Economy of Finance.  The intended research can address themes such as the recent institutional development of EU economic governance, Banking Union, the ‘Europeanisation’ of national macro-economic policy making, the development of specific policy areas of EU economic governance (notably, but not only, fiscal policy, macro-economic policy coordination and financial regulation) and, more broadly, political economy approaches to European integration. The research can also address themes linked to the comparative or international political economy of finance, ideally in the European context.

More specifically, the role can be outlined as follows:

  • Completing a doctoral thesis in Political Science on an aspect of EU economic governance and / or the political economy of European integration
  • Preparation of scholarly publications (conference papers, articles, etc.) in connection with the research area
  • Providing occasional assistance in the organisation of seminars, conferences, and other research-related events
  • Providing Dr. Howarth with regular administrative help connected to his research and teaching (maximum one working day / eight hours per week).
  • Limited teaching on the Master in European Governance programme

What we expect from you…

  • Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Political Economy, Economics, Law or a cognate area.  Candidates holding Master’s level qualifications in other areas with significant experience of EU economic policy processes will also be considered
  • Excellent written and spoken proficiency in English.  Proficiency in French and/or German would be an advantage

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Contrat à durée déterminée 36 Mois (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Heures par Semaine
  • Location: Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL05528

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38028 full time

How to apply...

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications if applicable)
  • A short (6-8 page) thesis proposal.  This should define a specific area of research interest and give an indication of the scholarly literatures to be engaged, as well as addressing questions of case selection and methodology as appropriate
  • Copy of diplomas
  • Full transcripts of previous degrees
  • The names and contact details of two referees (including MA dissertation / thesis supervisor where applicable)
  • Cover letter

We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 24/02/2023. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The successful candidate should be able to start working at the University of Luxembourg between 1 September 2023 and 1 December 2023.

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 …
  • Find out more about the University
  • Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University

Further information...

For further information please contact:

Prof. David Howarth



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Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of Political Science (EU Economic Governance / Political Economy of Finance)
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