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The University of Luxembourg (UL) and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) invite applications for a DRIVEN PhD Fellow (Doctoral Candidate) position (m/f) as part of the DRIVEN Doctoral Training Unit, consisting of 19 doctoral candidates. DRIVEN is funded by the FNR PRIDE funding instrument 

PRIDE PhD Fellow Ref: DRIVEN-50013528.

  • 48 month PhD research project.
  • Employee and student status.
  • Enrolment in the DRIVEN Doctoral Training School.

Framework. You will be working as part of the DRIVEN Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) funded by the FNR PRIDE scheme. The Computational and Data DRIVEN Science DTU will train a cohort of 19 Doctoral Candidates who will develop data-driven modelling approaches common to a number of applications strategic to the Luxembourgish Research Area and Luxembourg’s Smart Specialisation Strategies. DRIVEN will build a bridge between state-of-the-art data driven modelling approaches and particular application domains, including Computational Physics and Engineering Sciences (CPES), Computational Biology and Life Sciences (CBLS), and Computational Behavioural and Social Sciences (CBSS).


  • Master’s degree in Computational Sciences, Data Sciences, Applied Mathematics, or in a scientific field represented by DRIVENs research clusters.
  • Profound knowledge of Statistical Analysis, Machine Learning, Advanced Data Science and Data Visualisation.
  • Experience with Python/C++ programming in distributed computing contexts and associated software development environments.
  • Good English language and communication skills
  • Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Curiosity and self-motivation


  • A dynamic and well-equipped research environment
  • Intensive training in scientific and transferable skills, participation in schools, conferences and workshops
  • Fixed term employee contract – totalling 48 months, subject to review – at UL or LISER
  • Enrolment as a PhD student in the DRIVEN Doctoral Training Unit.
  • Personal work space at University of Luxembourg or LISER.


  • Manage and drive forward your research project
  • Attend doctoral school courses, trainings and social events
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Disseminate your research at conferences and seminars

Gender policy: UL strives to increase the proportion of female PhD students in its faculties. Therefore, we explicitly encourage women to apply.

Application submission: Before proceeding with the submission of your application, please prepare the following documents.

  • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)
  • Motivation letter (maximum two pages) detailing how you meet the selection criteria for the specific research direction that you are applying for
  • Publication list (if any) and PDFs of those publications
  • Master’s thesis (final or draft, if draft, then state the expected submission date)
  • Full contact details of two persons willing to act as referees
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English, French or German translation

All documents should be uploaded in PDF format via the University of Luxembourg online job application system to one of the advertised project-specific DTU DRIVEN PhD positions (no applications via email, please). Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection process: Candidates will be shortlisted based on the criteria detailed above. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and/or interviewed by phone.

Research work in Luxembourg: Please see the Foreign Researcher’s Guide to Luxembourg for more information on research employment in Luxembourg and the procedures that apply.