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November 21, 2017 / societyforhumanecology



The University of Luxembourg is building a transdisciplinary team of researchers who engage in transformative sustainability science:  We invite applications for 3-year full-time post doc position in this team (the position is extendable to 5 years). Whilst we are looking for a scholar with an excellent track record in research and teaching, additional work experience outside of academia is considered a strong asset. Preference will be given to candidates who combine academic expertise relating to research on social-ecological-technological systems with a focus on water or land-use with practical experience in the implementation of scenario approaches, co-design processes, or citizen science. Familiarity with the field of Science Technology Studies is considered very helpful. This position is part of the project NEXUS FUTURES that is funded by the Luxembourg Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures and the University of Luxembourg.  The project seeks to foster transformative learning for sustainable water and land-use governance by engaging stakeholders in collaborative systems mapping and scenario approaches, as well as by co-designing a citizen science tool set for use in river-partnerships and in schools (see attached project description).  As most project-related work with stakeholders is conducted in German and academic publications will be written in English, candidates have to be fluent in both languages. French is an asset, as most relevant policy documents and legislation in Luxembourg are in French.


  • A Ph.D. degree relating to systems or scenario approaches, or citizen science, preferably with some relation to water governance or socio-hydrology
  • Experience in implementing qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Good knowledge of theories, models, and current research in the area of complex social-ecological systems, prior research in the area of hydrology and/or water governance is a strong asset
  • Familiarity with science and technology studies (STS), sociology of knowledge, or related fields that direct attention to the co-production of science, knowledge, technologies and social practices and culture is a plus
  • Strong knowledge of computer programming and experience in the management of ICT development projects is a strong asset
  • Excellent communication and social skills that enable him/her to work in a team
  • Previous experience in European research projects will be considered as an advantage

An excellent command of English and German (written and spoken) is required. Fluency in reading and writing French is helpful.

Our offer to the successful candidate is to become a part of an international and dynamic team that is highly motivated to contribute to transforming social practice for sustainability by engaging in sustainability science. The University is tri-lingual, one of Europe’s most international, and presents a safe space to acquire an additional working language. Luxembourg offers a very high quality of life, a very open international community, short paths to government, and a high degree of influence in the EU. The contract offers competitive compensation, excellent health care and rarely matched paid time off.

Applicants should submit online a letter of motivation, C.V., writing samples, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.  For further information and to apply,

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