University of Luxembourg

Doctoral Researcher in Contemporary History

2024-05-31 (Europe/Luxembourg)
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(Valid from 20/12/2023 to 31/05/2024)   

Language: English (UK) 

Location Belval 

Country: Luxembourg   

Organisation data: Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History 

Job Number: UOL06174 

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 

Duration 36 Month 

Schedule Type: Full Time 

Work Hours 40.0 Hours per Week 

Expected Start Date: 01/02/2024   

Job (internal): Doctoral Researcher 

Functions: PhD Candidates     

The University | About us...

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 Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (University of Luxembourg) has a job opening for a doctoral position on project on the History of the University of Luxembourg. The planning and creation of the first university in the country reflects an interesting moment in the country’s history. It reflects an important transition of the socio-economic development of the country since the 1970s and offers an interesting historical example of a reconversion process. The aim of the historical study is:

  • First to retrace the long pre-UL-history of scientific associations, academic training opportunities, and public research institutes and to position UL in the heart of this academic research and education ecosystem in Luxembourg
  • Second, to unearth the complex political decision-making process that led to the official creation of the University of Luxembourg in 2003 and to sketch the public debates and discourse that surrounded that creation and its implementation into the country and the Greater Region
  • Third, to sketch the fast development and growth of the University and its strategic orientation in terms of research activities and educational priorities
  • And finally, to offer a transregional, transnational, and international perspective on how a young university has tried to position itself in the global knowledge economy and competitive university landscape

  Your Role...

  • Realize a PhD thesis on the historical emergence and development of the University of Luxembourg within the C²DH research project “25 years of UL”
  • Realise oral-history interviews with important historical actors
  • Contributing to the construction of a multi-media digital repository of retro-digitized and born-digital sources that could serve as digital archive for the production of transmedia storytelling-formats for the larger public (virtual exhibit, interactive web-documentary, podcasts)

For further information, please contact: Andreas Fickers (

For more information about C2DH, please visit:

  What we expect from you…

  • M.A. in Contemporary History, History of Sciences, or Socio-economic Studies with a focus on the History of socio-economic transition since the 1970s
  • Participation in collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects
  • Active knowledge of French, English and German. Notions of Luxemburgish constitute a real advantage

  In Short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL06174

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 40952 (full time)

  How to apply...

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • List of publications

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. 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.

  In return you will get…

  • 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

Job details

Doctoral Researcher in Contemporary History
2, place de l’Université Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Application deadline
2024-05-31 23:59 (Europe/Luxembourg)
2024-05-31 23:59 (CET)
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