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PhD positions in Finance

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The Department of Finance at the University of Luxembourg invites students to apply for PhD-student positions in Finance.

Your Role...

The program follows the standard US format with rigorous coursework in the first year (depending on pre-qualifications) and for the remaining, up to four years, work on research projects that will make up the final thesis. All courses are in English and taught by local faculty and visiting scholars from renowned universities/business schools (e.g., University of Chicago, LBS etc.).

The Department of Finance is located in the financial center of Luxembourg at Campus Kirchberg. The department consists of more than 15 full-time research-oriented faculty members from top economics and finance departments (e.g., Lausanne, Rochester, Carnegie Mellon). It provides an international and stimulating environment with regular top research seminars and several top-quality conferences. The department collaborates with the Luxembourg financial center, the European Stability Mechanism, the Central Bank of Luxembourg and other economics and financial institutions located in Luxembourg.


We are looking for candidates with:

  • (A) A genuine interest in Finance, Economics or Statistics/Econometrics
  • (B) Excellent quantitative and computational skills
  • (C) A good command of written and spoken English

Candidates who already hold a research-oriented Master’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Financial engineering, Econometrics, Statistics or other related fields (ideally with a quantitative focus) may directly join the doctoral school. For other candidates, depending on the specific student’s degree, the full program or some additional courses of the MSc in Quantitative Economics & Finance (MScQEF) at the University of Luxembourg have to be completed in the first year.

Candidates with a degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or another quantitative subject are particularly encouraged to apply.


Full-time positions are available for candidates who already hold a relevant research-oriented Master’s Degree.

Scholarships are available for candidates who need to complete the MSc in Quantitative Economics & Finance in their first year.

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: Kirchberg
  • Internal Title: Doctoral Researcher
  • Job Reference: UOL05438

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

In particular, we offer:

  • An exciting international and multilingual research environment
  • Personal workspace (full-time contract requires the doctoral candidate to work at the University premises)
  • Travel opportunities for training and learning
  • The University offers highly competitive salaries based on the candidate's experience and is an equal opportunity employer

How to apply...

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed curriculum vitae with details on concluded university studies including a list of quantitative courses completed at the master level
  • Transcript of university courses taken
  • The contact details of two or more academic references

Applications are reviewed regularly. The sooner we receive your application, the better. Typical starting dates are in September.

For more information concerning the positions, please contact us via the following email:

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.

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 Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Bachelor programmes, four Master programmes of Management and Economics and six Masters of Laws (LL.M.), as well as several continuing education courses. It also includes the Doctoral School in Law and the Doctoral School in Economics and Finance. Around 2,500 students from 90 different nationalities are enrolled at the Faculty. Academic staff from 18 different nationalities teach at the Faculty, supported by practitioners from the field, visiting scholars and guest professors. Rooted in Luxembourg but with a European and international outlook, the Faculty counts three departments:

  • Department of Law
  • Department of Economics and Management (DEM)
  • Department of Finance

Teaching and research benefit from the proximity of the European institutions, Luxembourg’s world-class financial centre ranked second in the world in investment fund asset domicile, and its vibrant business community. Institutional and private sector partnerships, sponsored Chairs, and a growing network of international partner universities make the FDEF a vibrant academic hub within the University at the heart of Europe.

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PhD positions in Finance
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