May 28, 2013

Postdoc, Quantitative social sciences (IMPALLA), CEPS/INSTEAD

CEPS / INSTEAD (Centre for the Study of Population, Poverty and Socio-Economic Policies / International Networks for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development) is a public research institution under the Ministry of higher Education and Research. Reference center in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the field of social science research, CEPS / INSTEAD promotes a multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with researchers whose areas of expertise are economics, sociology, geography and political sciences.
For more information, see the CEPS/INSTEAD website at: http://www.ceps. lu

We are seeking, a POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER in quantitative social sciences for our international Master programme IMPALLA (International Master in Social Policy Analysis by Luxembourg, Leuven and Associate institutes).

Together with the University of Leuven (Belgium) and in collaboration with the Universities of Tilburg (NL), Nancy 2 (FR) and Luxembourg (L), CEPS/INSTEAD organises an advanced academic training programme in Social Policy Analysis, taught in English. This International Master combines three perspectives: the study of broad socio-economic policies in a comparative and supra-national setting, advanced training in research methodology and expertise in policy evaluation and in the application of relevant techniques.
It is taught mainly in Esch-Belval (Luxembourg) , starting usually at the end of August, but in the spring term (February – April) students take courses in Leuven.
Courses are taught by Professors from partner and other institutions with the aide of a team of Assistant-Professor s. See: http:// www.impalla.

 As Assistant - Professor, member of a team comprising a programme manager and two assistant professors you will be co-responsible for tutoring students of the IMPALLA programme. This may comprise: further elaboration of the taught courses by means of developing illustrative exercises for the students (case-studies, expert-meetings, etc.), supervising the students while executing these exercises (both individually or in a group), acting as an intermediary between students and professors, giving guidance to (a small group of) students while they are writing their master's dissertation, being involved in the administration of the programme…

As a post-doctoral researcher you will also join a research team at CEPS/INSTEAD. A major part of your time will be devoted to personal research activities (in the field of social policy analysis, labour market studies, quantitative methods) and you will contribute to the portfolio of scientific research of CEPS/INSTEAD.
 You should hold a Ph.D. degree in Sociology or Economics and have expertise in methodology and statistics in empirical social policy research.
 You should be flexible both in terms of working hours and working place. As an intermediate between students and professors, you will be available to both.Moreover, you will be sometimes asked to follow the students during their three months stay at the University of Leuven.
 You should have an organisational ability and excellent communication skills in English (both oral and written).
 French and computer science skills are valuable assets. Moreover, you should have a positive attitude and, since you are part of a team, you must be a team player, but capable of taking initiatives.
 You should like working with graduate students and professors who are both of diverse scientific, cultural and national backgrounds.
 Type of contract: full time
 Date of engagement: August 15th, or soon afterwards
 Length of the engagement: two years contract, possibility of renewal
 Salary: very competitive, according to the high Luxembourg standards.
 Working languages is English.
Send a CV, a brief description of research plans, and (at least) one significant research paper with an accompanying letter to: valerie.baran@
Valérie BARAN, HR responsible
3 avenue de la Fonte
L-4364 Esch/Alzette
The accompanying letter should describe the candidate' s interests and expertise and summarize relevant experience. In addition, we encourage the candidate to list up to three references supportive of the application.
Applications should be sent by June, 16th, 2013

We offer a competitive salary in line with your experience and skills, and a work in a dynamic and challenging environment. All applications will be treated with equality and confidentiality.